Penn State’s punter Alex Butterworth was hardly touched after a kick against Illinois. However, due to his impressive acting skills, Butterworth drew a roughing the kicker penalty.
Illini special teamer Justin Hardee came through the line in an attempt to block the kick. After arriving too late to block, Hardee ran through the play, barely grazing the punter. Ever the opportunist, Butterworth spun around and went down, simulating a big hit. His act worked, and Penn State retained the ball after drawing the penalty.
This is an old trick by punters. However, coming on the heels of Tavon Austin’s Hollywood flop, it looks like football is going the way of soccer and basketball, in regards to acting.
[GIF via Bleacher Report]