Dartmouth wins April Fools Day with tackling dummy video

Dartmouth football made a splash last year when it introduced a mobile tackling dummy (known as the MVP) for practices.

Now it is taking a step further.

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The school announced Friday (for April Fools Day, of course) that it will field an entire team of MVPs with its players controlling the dummies via remote control. The video it released with the announcement is excellent.

Big Green head coach Buddy Teevens has become a spokesman of sorts for the MVP and the Ivy League’s decision to eliminate tackling in practices in order to reduce injuries, especially concussions.

But the MVP showed that it is more than just a tackling prop.

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It can run a blazing 40-yard dash.

It can put up big numbers on the bench press.

However, it struggles with a few other football things, like, you know, catching a football.

It has a hard time in certain drills, too.

Jumping is a tall task for the MVP.

It’ll get the hang of things by the time the season rolls around, I’d bet.

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