Virginia Tech Run Blocking
Before we dive in, let me reiterate: I’m not spilling state secrets in this series. There’s nothing in here the Hokies haven’t either discussed publicly or shown in live games.
The differences between various runs schemes only last an instant after the snap, and sometimes it’s not even apparent at the snap just what scheme a play uses. This is mostly because, unlike pass protection, run-blocking requires the offense to go after defenders. On a pass play, an end dropping into coverage takes himself out of the pass rush; but if an end blows his assignment by dropping on a running play and he’s left alone by blockers, he can quickly reverse course and make a TFL. That means...
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