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This trick helps explain why Lincoln Riley is so good at calling plays

In four and a half seasons as Oklahoma's offensive coordinator and head coach, Lincoln Riley has called 4,267 plays. Those plays have covered 33,933 yards -- that's 7.95 yards a play, every play, over nearly 60 games, with three different quarterbacks and dozens of different skill players and linemen -- and 362 touchdowns.

And Riley remembers just about all of them.

The hosts of Riley's weekly radio show like to play a parlor game with him, picking out a random situation from Riley's past and asking him to remember the play call. And he's 7-for-7 so far.

On the 1-to-10 difficulty scale, this is about a seven. It's not completely random -- "Tell us your 2nd-and-6 call with 5:45 left in the second quarter against Kansas in 2016" -- but it's not easy either. This was Riley's second game at Oklahoma, a monumental comeback win over the 23rd-ranked Volunteers that Bob Stoops would later describe as one of his favorite wins at OU. It was also 57 games ago, and Riley recalls his play call within a minute.

It's a trait he shares with another play-calling savant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of0xpK5b3i4

The recall that Riley and McVay have helps explain why they're among the best at what they do -- they have very little life outside of football, and their mental rolodex for play calls has more entries than the Library of Congress.