The list of biggest hits in SEC history is a long and expansive one.
Major Wright, Florida’s representative, sparked a national championship win with his booming tackle against Oklahoma. Cornelius Bennett’s “The Sack” changed the fate of Alabama’s season. Then there’s Marquel Wade’s dirty cheap shot hit for Arkansas.
But how many of those bone-bruising hits made a dude do a 360 spin about 10 feet in the air? On September 14, 2019, Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Garrett Shrader took flight on the “helicopter hit.”
Mississippi State’s Helicopter Hit
MSU was down 31-24 to Kansas State at Starkville’s Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs needed to convert a 4th-and-16 to keep their drive going with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader dropped back and scanned the field as a true freshman. His receivers were all blanketed, so he took off looking to get a first down with his feet.
Shrader bolted down the sideline. He was hit by two Wildcat defenders at the same time as he dove forward, which caused him fly up in the air and spin around completely.
On that day, Garrett Shrader became a licensed helicopter pilot. One more spin and he would have been sailing through the clouds.
After the massive hit, he tried extending his arm for the first down but was nowhere close. At least Shrader gave it his all even if he turned into a human propeller.
The #ShraderCopter became a viral sensation on social media. And yes, he was memed into oblivion:
“We had to get the first down,” Shrader said afterward. “I made the decision to go for it. It was all or nothing.”Advertisement
It certainly was. Garrett Shrader showed his guts (and lack of care for gravity) when he decided to run for the first down.