MANALAPAN, N.J. -- Through one quarter, Chris Blacknall racked up 80 yards on six carries. He was capping off a breakout senior season and football was his ticket to college.
Moments later, Blacknall was lying on his back, forced to watch the college coaches walk out of the stadium with any hope of a scholarship leaving with them.
“Ever see the Joe Theismann play? That’s what happened to me,” he said. “I went up the middle, went to the left, planted my foot and the linebacker held me and spun me and my leg stood where it was. ... My knee was backward, leg was backward and my foot turned around.”
He has a second chance now -- one that has come through his son Saeed Blacknall, an ESPN 150 receiver out of Manalapan (N.J.) High School. And Saeed is taking that chance very seriously.