There was no tell, no warning at all for the defender. Solomon simply stopped, his massive legs absorbing all the energy from his earlier sprint. He fed that energy back into his legs and hopped backward. It wasn’t flashy and it certainly wasn’t highlight real leaping either, but the effect was dramatic in itself.
The linebacker was committed to a diving hit meant to push Solomon across the out of bounds line. The linebacker hit nothing but air. The big man sailed by with a look of utter confusion on his face. Not even a heartbeat later, Solomon bolted again.
The announcer was screaming into his microphone. “How does he do that? How does he do that?”