Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse football team has put its own spin on the Running Man Challenge, a dancing competition popularized my Maryland men’s basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley a few weeks ago.
SU defensive tackle Kayton Samuels shared the video on Twitter Friday night, and within 13 hours it’s been retweeted more than 1,500 times.
— Kayton Samuels (@Yall_JustMyfans) April 23, 2016
The Running Man Challenge has spread through locker rooms since Nickens and Brantley issued the challenge: “Who wanna battle?” College football and basketball teams have been joined by NBA players in flashing their moves to the tune of “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs, which was released in 1996.
Even the Golden State Warriors have gotten in the fun during their run for a second straight championship.
For the SU football program, it’s been a difficult week, so seeing the team come together for such a high-energy project is heartwarming.
From backup quarterback Zack Mahoney dancing in a towel and shoulder pads to 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle Jamar McGloster tip-toeing across SU’s quad, most players on the team make an appearance. One, seemingly inside receiver Jacob Hill, even pops out of a laundry bin.
It might not be the running that will prepare those guys for Dino Babers’ no-huddle offense, but it certainly achieves the desired entertainment level.