Punters rarely get be to heroes. In fact, it's often regrettable that they are on the field in the first place. But on Saturday, walk-on transfer punter Kyle Negrete was the story of the night.
Negrete faked the punt for a 35-yard gain on fourth-and-9, which resulted in a first down and shifted the momentum, leading to the Trojans' 40-17 victory over Washington. He also managed to take down a Washington defender in the process. By the end of the first half, he had more rushing yards than the entire Husky offense.
"They like how I finished the play because often times punters aren't known to be guys who can run somebody over," said Negrete, who played linebacker and free safety at Clovis West and the University of San Diego before transferring to USC for the 2010 season.
In fact, the last time he ran that much was after an interception while he was still playing for San Diego.
"He was not supposed to," said head coach Lane Kiffin of Negrete's hit. "We don't have a back-up punt...