A designed play in football in which the quarterback takes the snap and carries the football in an attempt to gain yardage.
The quarterback keeper is a play that is usually reserved for short yardage situations, but is primarily utilized by athletic quarterbacks as misdirection. The quarterback typically fakes a handoff to the running back, who is attacking the strong side, and attacks the weak side of the defense or runs a bootleg pattern to the outside. Because the quarterback is at risk for injury when running with the football, the keeper is almost always a designed play, or part of an option run. This differs from a quarterback scramble, which generally results from a busted play or when the quarterback has run out of options and is attempting to avoid a sack.