South Carolina holder and punter Patrick Fish has built a reputation for being tricky with the mobile app Vine since its inception earlier this year.
It’s a trick shot field goal captured this month on video that’s been an unexpected viral hit.
In the now-famous Vine video, Fish uses his feet to spin a resting football to an upright and spinning position. He then boots a 26-yard field goal – without a holder.
Freshman kicker Elliott Fry did the holding and recording of the mobile phone video Nov. 2 before the team warmed up to face Mississippi State.
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By Wednesday evening the video had been shared more than 5,500 times on Vine, a Twitter-owned app that produces six-second video clips. From there it has more than 2,500 shares to Twitter and 1,500 more to Facebook. It has been featured on dozens of national websites, and ESPN reached out to Fish for permission to show the clip on the air.
“It’s just now starting to blow up, which we think is pretty funny,” Fish said Wednesday. “We didn’t expect anything like that at all.”
Fish is a junior from Shelby, N.C. His other Vine videos usually include some mix of dancing, singing and working out, all infused with silliness.
He has practiced the trick kick before, and it took two or three tries to nail the scene. Fish and Fry never expected the latest six-second short to be gain such a foothold.
“I don’t know how to explain it. It’s different,” he said. “We just thought it was pretty cool so we put it up on Vine and it ended up blowing up.”
Fish took over as the starting holder this year and is very comfortable in that role and glad to be contributing, he said. Though he doesn’t consider himself the team clown, he likes to see others laugh and have a good time, he said.
“When the guys get uptight, there’s no reason for all that,” he said. “I know when to get serious. I know when to compete. When we’re laid back I like to have a good laugh every now and then.”
Fish is expected to braid his hair this week as a result of a challenge he issued on Twitter to get more than a thousand shares of a single tweet.
“That’s what I said, so I guess I can’t back out now,” he said. “I’m going to wear it on Friday and if Coach Spurrier tells me to take it out, I’ll end up taking it out.”
Now that he’s raised the bar for his Vine videos, what’s next?
“I don’t know how long it’s going to be before I make another one,” he said. “We’ll try to figure another one up and see how big it gets.”