Video: To honor fallen teammate, UCLA runs first play with 10 guys
- by Doug Samuels 11 months ago
In an effort to honor walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale, who passed away two weeks ago after being hit by a car, UCLA ran their opening play against New Mexico State on Saturday with just 10 guys.
At first, all 11 players took the field, but you'll see receiver Shaq Evans running back to the sideline before the ball gets snapped. Brett Hundley then handed the ball off for a four yard gain.
Players and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone came up with touching idea earlier this week, and Jim Mora explained the tribute after the game.
“I don’t ever think that we can do enough to honor Nick Pasquale and his family. With Shaq, we ran him off the field and we ran the ball with 10. Our 11th guy out there was Paq-man, and the players were fired up about doing that."
Here's a look at the tribute.