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FSU had a play go viral for the wrong reasons. The player involved clarifies his alignment.

The Florida State Seminoles season is off to an interesting start.

They lost to Boise State to open the 2019 season, which led to head football coach Willie Taggart reportedly saying hydration was a possible reason for the defeat. Taggart later clarified the reported comment.

This past Saturday, FSU narrowly defeated Louisiana-Monroe in overtime. During the game, a play showing tight end Tre McKitty, a native of Wesley Chapel who played at Bradenton’s IMG Academy, lined up backwards went viral.

On Tuesday, McKitty spoke to reporters to clarify how he was lined up as planned.

McKitty started lined up in reverse, before quarterback James Blackman called him into motion, where he dropped down onto the line to block as the play called for a Cam Akers run.

Akers picked up 10 yards on the play.

“It was a stopping situation where you cannot tempo, so we came off the sideline and it’s a thing that we do offensively,” FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles said, according to The Athletic. “The guys can line up wherever they want. I don’t care. Just get to your spot where you need to get to. We pushed the tempo and I think we gained 11.”

Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.
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