Gary Danielson called this Auburn jump pass in advance.

It’s often cool when game analysts are able to perfectly predict what play is coming next. CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo has picked up recent fame for doing that on their NFL broadcasts, but his NCAA colleague Gary Danielson has often done that on the college side for the network over the years.

Danielson displayed an excellent example of play prediction on the Saturday’s Alabama – Auburn Iron Bowl with Brad Nessler and Allie LaForce, calling a jump pass touchdown from Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson out of a Wildcat formation before it happened:

“Brad, I was here three weeks ago, and I saw Kerryon Johnson do the Tim Tebow jump pass from the Wildcat in this position.”

Yep, that proved apt indeed. That’s nice work from Danielson to translate this back to what he previously saw, and to anticipate such a critical play. Oh, and later on, Danielson correctly called an Alabama deep pass touchdown after five straight runs, albeit to a different receiver than he predicted.

Danielson pointed out later that the guy he predicted was the original receiver, but fell down, prompting the shift to the deeper receiver. He then talked about how he’s coming after Romo.

“I’m just going to let Tony Romo try and even up this thing. I think I’ve got the lead, well, I’ve got 20 years on him, I should have the lead.”


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.