QT plays in the line, blocking, protecting the quarterback and running backs from defensive line-women with ill-intent. Serious business. Just ask the backs who rely on her blocks.
QT does a pretty good job of it, as you'll see in the photos in today's post.
Line play is a fight. A test of strength. Every play a struggle to control a big strong opponent. Somehow QT, with her delightful smile, doesn't seem a likely person to be getting engaged in violence on the football field. But that's her number, 55, waging war against frustrated and annoyed defenders.
|Elbow to the chin, slipping under the helmet face mask.|
I don't think #74 is going to make the tackle on this play.
Note #74 has her right fist aimed at QT's jaw.
|Rubi Reyna, quarterback, relies on QT to keep the Arkansas|
defender at bay. And QT is doing it.
|Note that QT's helmet isn't on quite right. Note Arkansas #69 is attacking the helmet with both hands, shifting it from the proper position. If she grabs the face mask, that's illegal, but|
sometimes officials can't see what's happening in line play.
When I interview Outlaws I always ask how strong they are. I don't get very clear answers because few measure how much they can lift. But these ladies are physically strong. Football is a battle of strength. It is difficult to see just how strong our athletes are because opponents are strong, too. When we see standoffs, we're seeing a lot of energy at work.
|The roster lists QT at 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, so she is generally a match for opponents.|
Once in a while the defender is bigger. But I doubt many defenders are any stronger.
|Maine Jackson, #22, relying on QT to contain one|
big defender. But there is trouble coming from the
left... (QT can't be everywhere.)