Amway Coach's Call of the Week: Cast your vote

Cast your ballot for the Coach's Call of the Week.

Cast your ballot for the Coach’s Call of the Week.

Coaches make dozens of decisions in every game. Most of them aren’t that noticeable. Some of them very much are.

Some can change a game. Some are just thrilling to watch.

Each week this season, USA TODAY Sports will select four calls from across the nation that we think rank among the best for the Amway Coach’s Call of the Week. 

We let you, the fans, decide which call from the four below had the most impact or was the most exciting.

Voting closes at 4 p.m. ET on Monday.

 

Jim McElwain, Florida

The Gators were tied with Tennessee 20-20 with nine seconds left. Florida had it first-and-10 at its own 37 and needed a score to win.

The play, “Train Right Open, Big Ben In,” will go down in Florida lore as one of the most memorable in school history. 

QB Feleipe Franks scrambled away from pressure and found Tyrie Cleveland for a 63-yard touchdown to secure a 26-20 win, the 12th victory in the last 13 meetings with Tennessee.

“It was nothing to do with me,” McElwain said. “Sometimes things like that are really special. I’ve got some burned images in my mind that I will carry for the rest of my life.”

Mike Norvell, Memphis

The Tigers delivered a huge victory Saturday in a 48-45 shootout against Josh Rosen and UCLA. 

But it took a while to get going. A couple of well-timed screen plays midway through the second quarter changed that.

First, QB Riley Ferguson found Patrick Taylor Jr., who who sprinted in for a 47-yard score. It jump-started the Tigers, who were trailing 17-7 at the time.

Less than seven minutes later, Ferguson hit Tony Pollard on the near side of the field, and he weaved his way to a 42-yard touchdown.

Credit the coaching staff for seeing those screen opportunities and taking advantage.

*Check the video highlights below for a look at this big play. It is at 1:46 on the American Football Twitter highlight reel.  

James Franklin, Penn State

Sometimes simple is the way to go … like getting the ball into the hands of your best players, in as many ways as you can.

For the Nittany Lions, that’s Saquon Barkley. Handing it off works great. But this nifty screen pass that springs Barkley for an 85-yard touchdown, a stadium record, is pretty good way to go, too.

The Lions rolled over Georgia State 56-0.

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

The Bulldogs were in command, 20-7, and driving again.

On third-and-1 from the LSU 45 — as described by Hugh Kellenberger of The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledgerquarterback Nick Fitzgerald play-actions from a heavy formation and finds Keith Mixon for the 45-yard touchdown

A beautiful call, a beautiful fake, and a beautiful TD.

Clang, clang, clang went the cowbells, and the rout was on (Mississippi State won 37-7).

The voting closes at 4 p.m. ET on Monday. Cast your ballot.

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Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll

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