Tech’s running game will expand

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Some folks have been asking about the difference between Jeff Grimes’ blocking scheme and the schemes the Hokies have used in the past. Today, we’ll try to paint a clearer picture for you.

I never played up front. I was always a wide receiver and DB, so the passing game, coverages, and route concepts come more naturally to me than blocking schemes and blocking technique. That being said, many of the differences are easy to pick out.

I’m going to use the VT running game from the 2011 Georgia Tech game as an example and compare it to what we saw from the Hokie offense in the Spring Game. First, let’s review what we saw in the Spring Game.

I’m just going to use the same video that I used for last week’s article on the running game. I’m not going to do a breakdown of each individual play again, but pay close attention to Tech’s offensive linemen and tight ends on each of those plays. If it’s a zone right, then they all step to the right. If it’s a zone left, then they all step to the left.

That’s a simple play design that can be run out of pretty much any formation, with or without tight ends, with or without a fullback, with or without a third wide receiver, etc. It requires linemen to work as a team on every single play, and it requires players to have the ability to move laterally.

What don’t you see on that video? You don’t see one single trap. You don’t see one single pulling guard or tackle. You don’t see any straight ahead drive blocking or man blocking. You see the exact same blocking scheme on every single play.

Now, let’s look at the 2011 Georgia Tech game.

Play 1: This play resembles nothing of what we saw in the Spring Game. We see offensive linemen attacking straight ahead, and we see a pulling guard (#75 Greg Nosal).

Play 2: This was supposed to be an inside running play behind a pulling tight end.

Play 3: Yet another inside run with a pulling guard.

Play 4: This is a play that more closely resembles Virginia Tech’s 2013 Spring Game offense. It was a zone right, and all linemen and tight end moved right immediately at the snap.

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