Referees have been on the end of some brutal accidental hits in recent years, but in Oklahoma’s Saturday matchup against Florida Atlantic University, a wide receiver got the worst of a punishing, accidental hit.
On a slant route, Sooners wide receiver A.D. Miller caught a ball, put his head down and got demolished by a ref who just so happened to be in the way. Bonus points to Miller’s teammates for laughing at him as it happened.
Thankfully for Miller, he was OK. He would continue the drive and catch a touchdown putting up Oklahoma 56-0. The Sooners would handily beat FAU 63-14 in their first game of the year.
Miller will get some grief from teammates for the hit, but he has nothing to be ashamed of. The ref delivered a quality hit. Getting trucked and getting back up to score a touchdown is a commendable, football guy move. Next time, though, Miller may want to look where he’s going after he catches the ball.