Chris Houston had seen the play before. But the first time didn’t include a white picket fence.
The veteran cornerback dueled with receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on a deep pass from Cam Newton that gave Ginn a touchdown Saturday but sent both of the players leaping over a fence in the back of the end zone at Wofford College.
“It just happened fast,” Houston said. “It just came up on me fast. It was either run through it or jump over it so I just took my chances.”
Houston said he recognized the formation from a play at June’s minicamp and knew what was coming.
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“I called out the play before it even happened but I didn’t trust myself,” Houston said. “I got one of those in minicamp and played it perfect. Almost picked it off. But I didn’t trust myself. That’s just something I’ve got to correct.”
Both players popped up quickly, much to the relief of players and assistant head coach Steve Wilks.
“I almost pulled a hammy trying to go down there and see what happened,” Wilks said. “You can tell what kind of athletes they are because both of them just jumped over the fence. And it was a joy to see both of them come back. Great throw, great catch and it was good that nobody got hurt.”