obviously the kid messed up, but why did the coach call that play to begin with? he could have been sacked and fumbled.
should have just handed it off. that would have ran the clock out too.
The kid was clearly trying to avoid what he thought was going to be a gratuitous hit and made the terrible knee jerk reactions of simply dropping the ball. I'd bet dollars to donuts that he did not do what the HC told him to do, which would have been "run around and then take a knee". As to the HC, I also guarantee they never practiced that play, if they had I would expect that the QB would run straight back and take a knee 15 yards behind the LOS. It is always hard to blame the player if you are asking him to do something for the first time in a game. Also, there is a "safety" in a victory formation. So, why not one for this play? These things have to be practiced over and over again. Lots of blame to go around.