A fake punt is a trick play in American football. Simply, it involves a running or passing play run out of a punt formation. It can take a number of different forms. Usually the punter will simply take the snap and look to throw a pass or run with the ball after the defenders have turned downfield to block for the punt return. In another variation, the ball may be snapped directly to one of the backs (usually a halfback or fullback) who then runs downfield or throws.