It is safe to say that this one-handed catch from Toledo wide receiver Alonzo Russell is a SportsCenter Top 10 play contender, it might be the favorite to take the #1 spot on SportsCenter tonight.
Toledo was knocking on the door at the four yard line and were down to their third down. They called what looked like a simple fade route to the corner of the end zone.
Russell had one on one coverage on the left hand side and got inside his defender, standing between him and the quarterback. It is almost like he was boxing him out below the rim for a rebound.
Because of the positioning Russell got, the quarterback probably didn’t need to put so much loft on the ball, of course he probably let it go early. Russell went up to try and catch the ball, meanwhile Central Michigan Chippewas defensive back Jason Wilson is draped all over him.
It looks like this could’ve been a penalty for pass interference had he not caught the pass.
Russell managed to pull off the catch though.
Wilson is clearly tugging on the back of his jersey and shoulder pads as Russell reaches out for the grab. Russell is using his left hand to create space between him and Wilson while in the air, and we can see why.
He clearly only needed one hand to make the catch.
He never even seems to juggle it which is even more impressive. It’s not like he stopped the ball’s momentum and then brought it in off a deflection. It seemingly sticks to his hand once it hits it and he brings it in to his body to control it with ease.
Check it out for yourself below:
[h/t] Stripe Hype