Bahn: Wade's Determination To Make A Big Play Simply Overruled His Sense [Update]

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 2:45 pm   4 min read

Marquel Wade is escorted off the field at Vanderbilt by Arkansas staff members, including strength coach Jason Veltkamp. Wade was flagged for a hit and ejected. (Mark Wagner)

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Marquel Wade isn't a monster. Wade isn't a cheap shot artist. He's an over-eager freshman wide receiver with a whopping eight catches for 62 yards trying his damnedest to impress his teammates and coaches. So Wade — all 5-foot-11, 185 pounds of him — ran down the field with a full head of steam and a head full of hope that he'd make a big play. Wade was totally and stupidly unaware of where the ball was, led with his helmet and leveled Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause. Wade appeared to celebrate a bit after the hit, so consumed with the idea of making a big play he was oblivious to what he'd done.

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