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Bryant knew that anyone on the line of scrimmage who didn't have anyone on the line outside him was an eligible pass receiver. He used that to his advantage, most notably with pass-catching tackle Jerry Duncan in the mid-1960s. John Vaught, the head coach at Ole Miss, didn't like the effect it had on his team when he played Alabama. Vaught was on the NCAA football rules committee, and he got the tackle eligible play outlawed. In the early 1970s, Bryant didn't like the fact that his players were sometimes tackled by a defender grabbing the jersey. That led to the tearaway jersey. A few years into that, the NCAA outlawed the tearaway. In the early 1970s, Bryant used Danny Ridgeway, a quarterback who had suffered a knee injury, to shuffle plays into the game. The "Alabama Playboy," as he was dubbed, would trot to the huddle, tell the quarterback the play, and then jog back to the sidelines. That led to a rule that a player who went to the huddle had to be in the game the next play...
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