Juke (football move)

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A Mack Brown juke depicted. MackBrownDodge.jpg
A Mack Brown juke depicted.

A juke is a move in most forms of American football used to evade a tackler by deception, and thus without need of a stiff arm. [1] It can also be called sidestepping.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Tackle (football move)

Most forms of football have a move known as a tackle. The primary and important purposes of tackling are to dispossess an opponent of the ball, to stop the player from gaining ground towards goal or to stop them from carrying out what they intend.


A typical juke involves a ball-carrier faking as if he will run one way, then planting his foot and running the opposite. [2] [3] When this is done against the flow of play, it is called a cutback.

A cutback is a sudden change in direction by a ball carrier in American football, usually against the flow of the play. One common type of cutback would be turning an end run into a run down the middle. It is a common type of juke and the basis of the counter run.

Spin move

One variation on the common juke is a spin move.

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  2. "How to Do a Juke Move in Football". Essortment. 29 January 2008.
  3. "This juke was so devastating that the guy who did it backflipped afterward". ESPN.com.