MEMPHIS - One of quarterback Peyton Manning's favorite stories is about the first time he commanded a college huddle for Tennessee when the Vols opened the 1994 season at UCLA.
"All right guys, here we go," said Manning, always told to be assertive in the huddle by his father Archie, former star quarterback for Ole Miss and in the NFL. "I know I'm just a freshman, but we're going to take it down the field and score on this series. Then, we're ..."
"Just shut the (bleep) up and call the play," veteran tackle Jason Layman said, cutting Manning short.
Huddle stories as memorable as that one may soon become a thing of the past, since college teams, especially in the SEC, are huddling less or not at all so their offenses can operate at warp speed. Offenses now stare at their sideline, get the play from one of their coaches, then often step away again to get a different play from the sideline once the defense aligns.
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