Breaking Down Virginia Tech’s Variation of the Inside Zone

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Virginia Tech has created an offensive run scheme based off of the traditional inside zone concept. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

If you’ve read my recaps, you know Virginia Tech’s blocking scheme is amorphous and deceptive. One of the biggest features of the running game is that it thrives on plays that all look the same in terms of blocking, but go all over the map with the football.

A good example is how Tech’s zone-blocking scheme is tweaked, and particularly how they’ve morphed two traditional zone-style run plays, the inside zone and the split zone. On the inside zone, the line moves in unison in one direction, and the running back follows them looking for a crease to sneak through. 

A traditional inside