The play that changed Super Bowl LII for the Philadelphia Eagles came from the concepts of a play originated by a coach with Palmetto State ties.
Former Newberry and Coastal Carolina football assistant Hunter Spivey says he originally founded the play which came to be known as “Philly Special” where Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton, who came on a reverse following a direct snap to Eagles running back Corey Clement.
Spivey originally passed along the play, which he named “Detroit” to signify a direct snap, to then-Clemson Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris at a coaches’ clinic. Morris used the play on multiple occasions with the Tigers when Tahj Boyd quarterbacked Clemson.
The play then made its way to the Chicago Bears, where they dubbed it “Clemson Special”, and eventually made its way to Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson’s desk.
Spivey, now the Offensive Coordinator at Valdosta High School in Georgia, joined SportsTalk to talk about how he designed the play.
Hunter Spivey joins SportsTalk