Facing a fourth-and-6 from near midfield on the road early in the second half at Minnesota, Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron sent out his offense, but opted for an attempted pooch punt by quarterback Jalen Whitlow.
The plan was for the Panthers to pin the Gophers deep in their own territory, but things did not go as planned.
Instead, Whitlow’s punt went three yards. For real. Three whole yards.
Whitlow transferred to Eastern Illinois this offseason after two seasons at Kentucky and his first game with the Panthers was a rough one. Minnesota won in a rout, 42-20, and Whitlow threw for 110 yards and one interception while splitting snaps with senior Andrew Manley. Whitlow also gained 77 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
Whitlow started 15 games in his two seasons at Kentucky, including seven as a true freshman in 2012. With the Wildcats, Whitlow threw for 1,834 yards and eight touchdowns while also running for 663 yards and nine scores on the ground.
Whitlow and the Panthers, an FCS squad from the Ohio Valley Conference that went 12-2 in 2013, will play its next game against Southern Illinois next Saturday.
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