It's doubtful the average football fan has heard of Dwight Garner, a rookie free agent running back from California-Berkeley who is in the Washington Redskins' training camp this summer.
But in his own way, Garner is quite famous, or infamous.
He was the third of four players to handle the football in California's five-lateral, through-the-band kickoff return that beat Stanford, 25-20, on Nov. 20, 1982.
Although he'd rather talk about trying to make the Redskins, he remembered his role in the play today.
"Before the kickoff Stanford had kicked a field goal to lead, 20-19, with four seconds remaining , the 11 of us huddled on the field and I remember everyone kept saying, 'Whatever you do, don't let the ball touch the ground. Whatever you do, don't fall with the ball,' " Garner said.
Stanford had been given a 15-yard penalty for its celebration after the field goal, so the kickoff, low and bouncing, came from the Stanford 25.
Kevin Moen scooped up the ball on the California 43 and ran about five yards before lateraling to Richard Rogers. He kept the ball briefly before desperately pitching it to Garner. Garner carried the ball across midfield, "to the 43-yard line," he recalled.
"Right before my knee touched the ground, I threw it back to Richard," he said. "Everyone asks me, 'Did your knee touch the ground?' I always say, 'It didn't,' but in reality, I don't know."
Rogers lateraled to Mariet Ford, who reached the 25. As he was about to go down, Ford tossed the ball over his shoulder to the player who started it all, Kevin Moen. Moen carried the ball through the band into the end zone, when, as Garner gleefully remembered, "He came down on the trombone player."
Garner was as stunned by the play as everyone else in California's stadium. "I looked around to see if it was legitimate, and all I remember was we all went crazy."
Free agent Steve Willis took the early lead after two days of the Redskins' field goal kicking competition. Willis made six of eight field goals today, giving him a total of 12 of 16.
Free agent Jim Asmus made three of eight today for a two-day total of 11; former Maryland standout Jess Atkinson also made three today for a total of 10.
Free agent wide receiver Duane Gunn, arrested last weekend in Indianapolis for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, had his case continued to Sept. 8, when he will be arraigned . . . Coach Joe Gibbs has given the weekend off to many of the veterans in camp, including quarterback Jay Schroeder and receivers Art Monk and Gary Clark. The rest of the team plays New England in a rookie scrimmage Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.