High school quarterback sidelined for doing what?

High school quarterback sidelined for doing what?
Garrett Moore (credit: Brent Drinkut/Statesman Journal)

So that’s what the Q in QB stands for. CBS Sports reports that a freshman quarterback at a high school in West Salem, Ore., has been penalized for what an offense once known as “backfield in motion.”

Garrett Moore, the freshman football team’s third-string quarterback, has been suspended from school for “inappropriate touching” of another student during practice.

Moore professes his innocence, telling the press he was simply following instructions from the center on how to receive a snap. He told the Statesman Journal:

He wanted me to go way up there [with my hands] and it felt very uncomfortable. I was, like, moving my hands and I touched him and he started laughing. I guess I tickled him. I wouldn’t mean to. That’s kind of weird.

Jokes aside, in fairness to Moore, this incident sounds as though it could have been an innocent mistake. In football, when the quarterback lines up “under center,” meaning directly behind the lineman who snaps (or hands off) the ball to him to begin play, the quarterback’s hands or arms have been known to make contact with the center’s thighs or buttocks.

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At training facility, qarterbacks practice getting hands under center.

Nevertheless, Moore was summoned to the assistant principal’s office two days after the incident and asked to present his version of what went … er — down. Then the center was called in to give his version, which was radically different from Moore’s.

According to the Statesman Journal account, there was bad blood between the players.

In any event, Moore was suspended for three days and sent home with the written referral: “Student inappropriately touched another student during football practice.”

The teen’s mother, Tamara, calls the entire situation “absolutely absurd” and said she will appeal the suspension to the Salem-Keizer Director of High Schools.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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