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The Washington Football Team blowout of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving included one very creative trick play, a “Fumblerooski” in which running back J.D. McKissic ended up with the ball that was handed to him under his legs by quarterback Alex Smith. To many NFL fans, it looked familiar.

This play is still legal in the NFL and NCAA as the ball never touches the ground.

How does the Fumblerooski work?

A fumblerooski occurs when a quarterback places the ball on the turf in front of him, faking a fumble, as the rest of the offense runs right. The right guard then picks up the ball and runs left to daylight.

The play, which is technically illegal according to USA Football, purports to use a disguised handoff, where the quarterback walks the ball over to the referee, claiming he accidentally has a practice ball, not an official game ball.

Can a center keep the ball and run with it?

Answer: Yes, they can pass the ball, run with the ball, etc. But they are ineligible to CATCH a forward pass. Question: If I put all my linemen on one side of the center so that he’s now on the end of the line, is he an eligible receiver?

Can a quarterback throw the ball to himself?

As for a forward pass, yes – once and as long as the quarterback is wearing an eligible number (in high school and college). In the NFL, the thrower cannot legally catch his own pass until it is touched by another player.

Can you kick the football during a fumble?

No player may deliberately kick any loose ball or ball in player’s possession. Penalty: For illegally kicking the ball: Loss of 10 yards. For enforcement, treat as a foul during a backwards pass or fumble.

Can you pick up a fumble and throw it?

In most cases, yes. There are a few however, where a player cannot advance his own fumble: In the NFL, in the last two minutes no player can advance their own fumble. The ball is dead at the spot of the fumble after it is recovered.

Can you kick the ball to yourself in NFL?

No, if a player that has possession of the football (if it is a “live” ball) drops the football and then kicks it on purpose, it’s considered a penalty. Players can only kick the ball if it is a kickoff, punt, PAT, field goal, or a free kick following a safety.