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  • Brett Hundley's first play as a starting quarterback at UCLA was a read-option play.

    "I figured I'd call the most basic play possible to start the game,Authentic Shane Doan jersey, a little zone-read play where he's supposed to give it to Johnathan Franklin," then-UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said in an interview about Hundley earlier this season. "And he pulls it and goes 72 yards for a touchdown."

    It's worth wondering why it took so long for Hundley to try the same thing as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback.

    Yes,adidas Ryan Kesler jersey,adidas Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey, but each time he handed the ball off. Until this past Sunday,adidas Mike Smith jersey, coach Mike McCarthy had called some of those plays for Hundley,Authentic Zdeno Chara jersey, when Hundley twice kept the ball and ran for gains of 14 and 18 yards. Both came at critical points late in the overtime win against Tampa Bay.

    "There's been one or two [zone-read plays before] but nothing where the defense was actually closing,Authentic Patrice Bergeron jersey," Hundley said. "So that was the first couple where they sort of gave me the option to run it and make something out of it."

    Brett Hundley's first play as a starting quarterback at UCLA was a read-option play.

    "I figured I'd call the most basic play possible to start the game, a little zone-read play where he's supposed to give it to Johnathan Franklin," then-UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said in an interview about Hundley earlier this season. "And he pulls it and goes 72 yards for a touchdown."

    It's worth wondering why it took so long for Hundley to try the same thing as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback.,Authentic Bobby Orr jersey

    Yes, but each time he handed the ball off. Until this past Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy had called some of those plays for Hundley, when Hundley twice kept the ball and ran for gains of 14 and 18 yards. Both came at critical points late in the overtime win against Tampa Bay.Authentic Mike Smith jersey

    "There's been one or two [zone-read plays before] but nothing where the defense was actually closing," Hundley said. "So that was the first couple where they sort of gave me the option to run it and make something out of it."adidas Shane Doan jersey,

    according to ESPN Stats & Information.,Authentic Ryan Kesler jersey,On a day when Hundley was largely ineffective with his arm -- he threw for just 84 yards and never even targeted Cobb -- he made up for it with his feet. He scrambled four other times for 35 yards, he finished with seven rushes for 66 yards. The 32-yard on zone-read plays are twice as much as any other Packers quarterback has gained in Rodgers' tenure as the starter,Authentic Oliver Ekman-Larsson jersey,and three of those went for first downs. Including a kneel-down at the end of the first half,adidas Bobby Orr jersey, dating to 2008

    found a way to get it in there.",adidas Zdeno Chara jersey,"I think it added a lot,adidas Patrice Bergeron jersey, we weren't in a rhythm for the second half, especially when not everything is clicking,Authentic Tuukka Rask jersey," Hundley said. "But being able to find something like that and put it in there made something happen and made a couple big plays

    Success in the running game was key to making the read-option work. The fact that Williams and Aaron Jones combined for 133 yards rushing against the Buccaneers forced Tampa's defensive ends to crash down on the back,adidas Tuukka Rask jersey, which allowed Hundley to keep the ball and take it outside.

    "He has that option, a technique that they're playing,Authentic Brad Marchand jersey," Bennett said. "Obviously we're looking for a certain look,adidas Brad Marchand jersey, and when we see that look he knows to go through his keys as far as what we're anticipating."