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THE MORNING CONSTITUTIONAL IS EXPANDING YOUR VOCABULARY

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FEEL FREE TO USE THESE TERMS IN WORK CONVERSATIONS TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Spring practice is about adjustments. For players, the adjustment is to new schemes or playbooks and getting back into the swing of regular football preparations. For assistants, the adjustment is to working with younger players or reassigning roles with existing ones. And for coaches, the adjustment is getting used to talking to the media again. That can mean some early miscommunication as they try to translate concepts they understand into digestible terminology.

Communication is a two way street, though, so we're going to help our media brethren out with a quick and fun quiz on some coachspeak terms that aren't so easy to understand on their face:

1. A "shifty pass" is:

a) Indiana coach Kevin Wilson doing 85 in the emergency lane so he can get the best parking spot at church

b) presenting a fake ID to purchase something that doesn't have an age minimum, like floss or scented candles

c) the nice way of describing that thing where a quarterback is getting sacked and tries to throw the ball even though his body is at a 45 degree angle

d) a trick play in which you fake your tight end's death, including an elaborate funeral and pregame memorial ceremony, and then throw it to him

2. A "dirty run" is:

a) when you run through the airport like you're about to miss your flight but really you're just trying to crop dust as many people as possible

b) stuntman terminology for a scene in which Jan de Bont's cut your brake line without telling you because he needs the crash to "feel real"

c) a greyhound race in which the winning dog and the owner of the winning dog test positive for amphetamines; usually used to explain why Jackie Sherrill is no longer welcome at a track

d) the term given by Hugh Freeze to a rushing attempt that gains positive yardage after realizing his team had the 11th worst yards per carry in 2014

3. A "flurry kick" is:

a) when Rich Rodriguez sneaks into the candy drawer for breakfast and starts doing this

b) A is the right answer

c) Stop reading these

d) Stop it

ANSWERS: C, D, A