The art of the QB sneak

One play matters more than any other in college football, and nobody is practicing it

Updated: August 9, 2011, 10:12 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Aug. 22, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

THERE WILL BE NO quick snap, no theatrics to draw the defense offside. At the line, there will be violence.

It's third and one at Ohio State's 6-yard line, and the University of Southern California trails 15-10. Just 74 ticks remain in the game, each team's second of 2009. USC's quarterback, true freshman Matt Barkley, has orchestrated a masterful drive from deep in his own territory. As Barkley ...

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