I think he's stilling holding it.
The Florida State linemen are taught extensively in the ways of "The Freeze" as is, staying in formation when a defender jumps across the line prematurely to ensure that the officials catch it and flag the offending player. But when the flag doesn't come and the play isn't blown dead, a blocker is probably better suited not letting his quarterback get killed. The other four guys cottoned on to this. Sanders is committed to the Freeze like a method actor.
Fellow Sporting Blog contributor Andy Hutchins wishes to note that, ridiculous as this play was, the tactic did lead to Florida State forcing five offsides penalties, so I suppose one memorably embarrassing highlight is a small price to pay for an otherwise savvy ploy against the defense.
(H/T to Dr. Saturday)â†µ
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