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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Dickson gets hilarious nickname after shock trick play


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Australian NFL rookie Michael Dickson has continued to turn heads in the league with another incredible performance on the gridiron. 

Dickson's latest audacious play even surprised Seattle coach Pete Carroll who was just as stunned as the Aussie's Seahawks teammates. The big game highlight wasn't achieved with his booming leg however.

This time it was the fifth-round draft pick's confident fake punt play which left everyone in awe. 

Late in the game against Detroit, the Seahawks had a comfortable 14-point lead, but on fourth down inside their own endzone, they didn't want to take any chances punting from there with about two minutes to go.

To avoid a returning score, or worse, a blocked punt for a quick Lions defensive touchdown, Dickson was meant to eat up some time and then if tackled, concede a safety (two points) by being tackled in the endzone. It would still leave Seattle more than a touchdown in front and leave little time for Detroit to respond. 

But Dickson had a plan of his own.

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When he rolled to the right after the snap, appearing to ready to punt, he waited and waited for a tackle to come. Then some space emerged in front of him and he pounced. The Sydney product ran nine yards for a huge first down, taking a crunching hit along the way. But the damage was done. It sealed the victory with Seattle able to run out the clock and win the game from there. 

"The Aussie Sweep," Carroll dubbed the play after the game, denying that he had called on Dickson to go for the fake punt. 

"That was us taking the safety and that was a really terrific competitor seeing the moment and seizing it. I don't know if you could see it but I thought Mike was smiling as he turned the corner.

"It was an incredibly beautiful play in the game. Sometimes you've got to improvise and really good players seem to do it at the right time. I thought that was a fantastic illustration of what's to come."

Seahawks coach praises Dickson's 'Aussie Sweep' play

Carroll admitted he was swearing when he saw Dickson take off for the first down. If he had fallen short Detroit would have been given the ball right in the red zone, in prime position to score.

"There was a couple of superlatives that came out," the Seahawks coach said.

"But I thought it was awesome. I can't love a play more than that. He went against all traditional thinking but he saw the situation and he took advantage of it and I think that's what great players do, and they surprise you sometimes.

"It was truly a surprise, but that was a great moment and I'm really fired up for him."

Carroll said he and Dickson had discussed a fake punt play possibility just last week when the team were in London.

"I mentioned it to him, that he's a good athlete and sometimes you're going to have to just take off and go. Little did I know the next time out he did it," Carroll said.

After defeating Detroit, Dickson told gathered media that he had earned a new nickname courtesy of his bold fake punt dash.

"Big balls Dickson," the Aussie said.

Even he was shocked by the confidence he showed to pull out the play.

"Everyone was just laughing. I mean, who does that?'' he said. "It was just a weird thing for me to do. They were just laughing saying I love you and cracking me up.

"We were going to take a safety and I was going to catch it, and then just run around to the right, and then before contact step out. But I looked up and there was a pretty big gap and I felt I could definitely get the first down. 

"As soon as I started I thought there's no backing out now. I just had to go for it."

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Australian NFL rookie Michael Dickson has continued to turn heads in the league with another incredible performance on the gridiron. 

Dickson's latest audacious play even surprised Seattle coach Pete Carroll who was just as stunned as the Aussie's Seahawks teammates. The big game highlight wasn't achieved with his booming leg however.

This time it was the fifth-round draft pick's confident fake punt play which left everyone in awe. 

Late in the game against Detroit, the Seahawks had a comfortable 14-point lead, but on fourth down inside their own endzone, they didn't want to take any chances punting from there with about two minutes to go.

To avoid a returning score, or worse, a blocked punt for a quick Lions defensive touchdown, Dickson was meant to eat up some time and then if tackled, concede a safety (two points) by being tackled in the endzone. It would still leave Seattle more than a touchdown in front and leave little time for Detroit to respond. 

But Dickson had a plan of his own.

https://twitter.com/Seahawks/status/1056634641384435712

When he rolled to the right after the snap, appearing to ready to punt, he waited and waited for a tackle to come. Then some space emerged in front of him and he pounced. The Sydney product ran nine yards for a huge first down, taking a crunching hit along the way. But the damage was done. It sealed the victory with Seattle able to run out the clock and win the game from there. 

"The Aussie Sweep," Carroll dubbed the play after the game, denying that he had called on Dickson to go for the fake punt. 

"That was us taking the safety and that was a really terrific competitor seeing the moment and seizing it. I don't know if you could see it but I thought Mike was smiling as he turned the corner.

"It was an incredibly beautiful play in the game. Sometimes you've got to improvise and really good players seem to do it at the right time. I thought that was a fantastic illustration of what's to come."

Seahawks coach praises Dickson's 'Aussie Sweep' play

Carroll admitted he was swearing when he saw Dickson take off for the first down. If he had fallen short Detroit would have been given the ball right in the red zone, in prime position to score.

"There was a couple of superlatives that came out," the Seahawks coach said.

"But I thought it was awesome. I can't love a play more than that. He went against all traditional thinking but he saw the situation and he took advantage of it and I think that's what great players do, and they surprise you sometimes.

"It was truly a surprise, but that was a great moment and I'm really fired up for him."

Carroll said he and Dickson had discussed a fake punt play possibility just last week when the team were in London.

"I mentioned it to him, that he's a good athlete and sometimes you're going to have to just take off and go. Little did I know the next time out he did it," Carroll said.

After defeating Detroit, Dickson told gathered media that he had earned a new nickname courtesy of his bold fake punt dash.

"Big balls Dickson," the Aussie said.

Even he was shocked by the confidence he showed to pull out the play.

"Everyone was just laughing. I mean, who does that?'' he said. "It was just a weird thing for me to do. They were just laughing saying I love you and cracking me up.

"We were going to take a safety and I was going to catch it, and then just run around to the right, and then before contact step out. But I looked up and there was a pretty big gap and I felt I could definitely get the first down. 

"As soon as I started I thought there's no backing out now. I just had to go for it."

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