It appears we’re in the midst of a freak athleticism epidemic across the nation, particularly with regard to football players hurdling defenders. Looks like the hurdle is starting to become as common as the spin move. A little over a week ago we showed you a Kentucky recruit leap clean over a defender who was standing on both feet waiting to make a tackle. On Saturday, South Carolina running back Brian Maddox did the same and kicked the defender in the head in the process.
It’s instances like the Maddox hurdle that have led to the acrobatic maneuver being deemed an illegal one in many high school conferences. While the play may not have stood, because rules prevent a runner from hurdling a player who has one or two feet on the ground under OHSAA regulations, East Liverpool High School’s Marky Thompkins hurdle video is still amazing to watch. Check it out:
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