Virginia safety ‘intercepts’ field goal, returns it for TD

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Ever see a player intercept a field goal? Of course you haven't. Well, that might change right now, after you see the video directly below.

The player pulling off the preposterous feat of speed, skill, agility and incredibly dextrous hands in the clip above is Hayden Knudson of Alexandria (Va.) Hayfield High. Clearly, the most impressive part of Knudson's touchdown return is the ease with which he pulled it off. The senior acted like he plucks field-goal attempts out of midair and returns them for touchdowns every day.

If the athletic safety does make plays like that every day, we need to spend more time at high school football practice in Arlington, because that's one of the best special teams plays Prep Rally has ever seen.

The 90-yard touchdown return was the standout play from a crop of great plays in Hayfield's 36-0 victory against Arlington (Va.) Washington-Lee High. The win was the third straight for the Hawks, who improved to 5-2 on the season.

As for Knudson, he happens to carry an impressive 3.4 GPA and has been recruited by an odd hodge podge of schools, with the likes of Iowa, Colorado and Virginia mixing in with FCS schools like William & Mary and Richmond.

It's unknown which of those destinations Knudson would actually chose should he be given a full array of potential future college homes. He is a particularly strong student after all. If nothing else, having that field-goal return on his highlight reel won't hurt his future prospects.

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