Re: Stephen Hill
Example Three: 1:02
(1st and 10) Timeout Georgia Tech, clock 01:38.
(1st and 10) Washington, T. pass complete to Hill, S. for 34 yards to the NC5, 1ST DOWN GT, out-of-bounds (Boston, T).
Hill lined up on the left, just inside the number.
He had enough room to run this fade route without having to stem inside, but he did anyway within his first 5 steps.
He pushed the RCB inside, giving him plenty of room along the side line on this deep fade route.
Hill also did a very good job fighting off the hold off the CB (they let 'em play on this one), turned around and caught the ball that was thrown to the outside (as a fade is supposed to be thrown, however slightly underthrown as the blogger mentioned).
Excellent effort by Hill on this one as it required concentration and ball skill (he didn't have time to catch the ball cleanly, but managed to pull it in.)
He never had the chance to adjust to the ball as the CB pulled him back by the jersey above the chest close to his left shoulder pad in an effort to make it difficult for him to turn around.
This is another NFL-caliber big time catch, the way I see it.
In the NFL, a PI would have been called.
The blogger criticized the catch here because he didn't see the hold by the CB (but he did note in example four that Hill didn't have time to extend his arms in this play, which is example 3.)