As Navy set up to punt, Hawaii’s Jeffrey Keene moved side to side, eyeing an opening into the backfield.
Then Keene burst through the middle, and blocked Owen White‘s punt just inches after it exited his shoe. Defensive end Max Hendrie scooped the football and raced 19 yards to the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
“I just saw an opening and took it,” Keene said following this morning’s two-hour practice on the grass field.
Keene said the play was a result of studying videos and working on kick-blocking drills.
What was unique was the approach. Past UH kick-blocking specialists Matthew Harding and John Hardy-Tuliau attacked from the edge. Tony Akpan, Tua Mahaley, Viane Moala and Meffy Koloamatangi were rim-protecting blockers. Keene used his pass-rushing skills to storm the middle.
“I enjoy it,” Keene said of the middle attack. “It’s fun. It’s something different.”