More and more, runners like Oklahoma's Marcus Dupree (below) are using backfields as launching pads for rocketing to TDs and first downs in short-yardage situations—that is, when the defense doesn't force them to abort
Northwestern Coach Dennis Green likes leaps, such as the one Tracy Parsons is performing here, because they give his players as well as the crowd a lift.
Pittsburgh Fullback Marlon McIntyre takes a dive after taking a fake handoff. The tailback was to follow with the ball, but a fumble grounded him.
Bo Jackson of Auburn displayed classic over-the-top form—shoulders corkscrewed into a vertical alignment—during a 23-22 victory over Alabama last season.