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.
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.