Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Za’Darius Smith was the first player to be victimized by The Slap, a move Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has been working on since last year, but he certainly won’t be the last. When the two teams met earlier this season, Kouandjio sent Smith flying with one vicious hit, completely taking the helpless Smith out of play.
(You can check out the action on AL.com. Kentucky’s Smith isn’t exactly a small dude, and Kouandjio easily swatted him aside like a gnat.)
Kouandjio recently broke down his now not-so-secret weapon:
I like the move because it works well with higher rushers. I fake the pass rush and then they just get up a couple of seconds later. It works well with high pass rushers. That’s why I like it.
They usually get shaky. They’re poised and their ears are back and are in their stance and ready to come up the field. I like to see that because once I hit that move, then it works well.
Kouandjio and the Crimson Tide have a bye this week before taking on the LSU Tigers on Nov. 9.