The first week of play in D2 Football has come to an end, and we are now sent to reflect on the excitement of having college football back in our lives.
Of course a part of the college football love stems from the big plays in every game, with some of them definitely being worthy of Top 10 consideration on Sportscenter. While not all of them will get the recognition they so deserve, we have five plays for you to view to see which you think is the best from the opening docket of games.
Take a look at the five plays below, and vote for your favorite in the poll afterwards. Who knows, you may see these at the end of the year in our Play of The Year vote as well, so make sure to support your favorite!
Milly Raye Has Spin Moves For Days
Slippery Rock receiver Milly Raye hit the circle button on his Playstation controller at just the right time on this big reception for a score, juking out two Kentucky State defenders to add to the SRU lead.
A basketball player at Slippery Rock as well, maybe we can see Raye add to his collection of highlights soon with a box-out in the end zone, or dunk over the goal post. For now, enjoy a play that some FBS receivers only wish they could make.
— Rock Athletics (@Rock_Athletics) September 2, 2017
Tip Drill Leads To A Pick
Javion Williams for Central State was the recipient of a perfectly executed tip drill, having his fellow defender knock the ball out of the hands of the Elizabeth City State receiver and into the air.
Coming out of nowhere to suddenly appear in-frame, Williams made a sliding grab in the middle of the play to record the pick and set Central State up with decent field position in what eventually became a 34-23 loss.
— Reggie Wilson (@ReggieFOX45Now) September 2, 2017
Gannon Linebacker Takes One Back
So many times we see a pick-six come from a member of the defensive secondary after they catch a deep fly in the middle of the field. Well this time for Gannon linebacker James Simms, he wanted to get in on some of the action and take one back himself.
Coming from the middle of the front seven for the Knights, Simms perfectly reads the eyes of the Southern Connecticut State quarterback, and the rest is history with a crooked leg move on the run-back to boot.
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James Simms intercepts Southern Connecticut State and returns it for a Gannon TOUCHDOWN!
Gannon 13, S. Connecticut St. 0 pic.twitter.com/ZJb2pX196O
— Gannon Athletics (@GUKnights) September 2, 2017
Sarka Sends IUP Home A Winner
Indiana (PA) kicker Dillon Sarka was playing his first game as the official field goal kicker following a 2016 season that saw him handle some kickoff duties for one of the best teams in the nation. Thanks to some crazy events prior to the climactic finish of the game between IUP and visiting Ashland, the win came down to the leg of Sarka on his fourth attempt of the game.
A career- long 46-yarder was staring Sarka down as he readied for the kick, and as you can see in the headline above, the redshirt-sophomore drilled the kick right down the middle for the first win in what should be a great season for IUP.
Here's the game winner from Dillon Sarka
Ashland 23 pic.twitter.com/9KFCK96JKb
— Matt Burglund (@MattBurglund) September 1, 2017
Tuskegee Defense Leads Big Upset
Tuskegee visited in-state rival Alabama State of the FCS for their opening week of the season and miraculously pulled the big upset in a 14-6 victory that should set up 'Skegee with a big 2017 season.
The defining play of the game came from defensive back Jonah McCutcheon who ran back a 46-yard interception for the second score in the game and the decisive points. So many times we get caught up with FBS teams losing to FCS squads, but D2 can do just the same as the Tigers did this past weekend.
— HBCU Gameday (@HBCUGameday) September 3, 2017