“I don’t quite understand how that happens.”

Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi knows when you’re playing Georgia Tech, it’s never too early to start working the refs.

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi isn’t the first coach to raise an issue with Georgia Tech’s blocking scheme, but he is the latest. On his radio show Wednesday, Narduzzi said that Tech’s offensive line gets away with chop blocking.

“They do a lot of high-lowing,” Narduzzi said. “It’s dangerous football, I can tell you that. You watch inside, if you watch our nose tackle, there’s times when a center is kind of hitting him up high and there’s a guy coming in from the other side, which is really illegal, but they never call it. I don’t quite understand how that happens.”

Narduzzi was describing a chop block, an illegal maneuver in which two players simultaneously block one opposing player, one at thigh level or lower and the other above it. It is not to be confused with a cut block, in which a player blocks a defender below the waist. It is a legal block with certain limitations on where and when it can be thrown.

Narduzzi also said that wide receiver Ricky Jeune pushes off when catching passes.

“He’s a big, 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout that, he’ll run down the field, he’ll push off you, Billy, and he’ll go up and catch it,” Narduzzi told show host Bill Hillgrove. “Imagine that.”

Sarcasm will get you nowhere, man.  Which is kind of a shame.


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24 responses to ““I don’t quite understand how that happens.”

  1. Justin Perez

    Methinks that Narduzzi should be more concerned about how to rectify giving up 59 points at home in a half-empty stadium.



    Good for him, calling it like it is..


  3. JG Shellnutt

    Forget it, Jake; it’s Techtown


  4. Russ

    Tech cheats. I guess I’m glad others recognize it as well.


  5. Borodawg

    Its not just illegal, its “really illegal.”


  6. The answer to this is everyone getting together and getting cut blocking outside of the tackles eliminated.

    Do that, and a) PJ will start looking to retire, and b) a lot of the bitching about Tech will stop.


    • Mayor

      Cut blocking should be outlawed period. The powers that be in college football are always giving lip service to making the game safer. Well…eliminating blocking below the waist would make the game a lot safer. End of story.

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  7. 3rdandGrantham

    Hear hear. When I watch tech games, I’m amazed how they even get lineman to play there. On every snap, you see them immediately dive at the DE’s legs, and that’s it. It would be like committing to play college baseball at a school where all they do is bunt.

    Ol’ Kent Murphy would NOT approve.


  8. While concussions rightly get most of the discussion around safety, the damage inflicted by cut and chop blocking gets ignored. Blocking below the waist under all circumstances should be illegal.


    • Irwin R. Fletcher

      What about tackling below the waist? I assume just as many egregious injuries happen on that play?

      Meh. Cut blocks and clipping/going for the side of a knee are bush league…but me thinks you are taking it just a bit too far.

      Honestly, if they just made a rule that on a block, contact must be initiated with the hands or body instead of the helmet, wouldn’t that clean up a lot.


    • Russ

      Completely different consequences. While it would suck to have to hobble around with arthritic knees, that’s not even in the same league as dealing with dementia due to CTE.


      • I agree – doesn’t mean we should accept either. I also wasn’t trying to make them equal. Cut blocking is dirty play even when it’s done by a player for a service academy. In today’s game where holding is practically legal, cut blocking has no place at any level.


  9. AusDawg85

    Looks like PJ has another face to punch.


  10. Spike

    I dunno.. sarcasm has gotten me a long way..


  11. The Dawg abides

    I said it here last week. The most dangerous and dirty block they use is when the play-side slotback cracks down into the OLB’s outside knee. It’s often a classic clip to the back of the knee, and at least half the time outside of the tackle box, but it never gets called.


  12. Cojones

    If you were looking closely you would have seen Sanford throwing cut blocks all over the place. I considered it a warmup game for Tech early in our schedule.


  13. CPark58

    High-low combo blocks are dangerous and should be penalized the same as targeting but a standard cut block is part of the game. Its a tool in the toolbelt for blockers, like the D-Linemen have swim moves, spins, dip and rips, bullrush, etc. Almost every pass play or off tackle run play includes a block by a running back below the waist, even our linemen will cut a backside linebacker inside the box trailing a play if they can get in front and avoid a clip.

    Admittedly, I don’t watch a lot of Tech football but I have always watched Georgia Southern and for all the gnashing of teeth over safety I don’t recall seeing defensive linemen and linebackers getting hurt vs the triple option at a different rate than any other offense. Its just a bunch of whining because football has largely moved away from triple option except for a handful of less talented teams and its unusual for coaches and players to have to prepare differently for that one game.

    I hate Tech as much as the next guy but just because their offense is predicated on a scheme that doesn’t require toe to toe athleticism, doesn’t make it inherently bad.


    • DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones would like a word with you. Cut blocking results in defensive linemen who have to walk with assistance at 50. The practice should be deemed to be illegal. D-linemen had their best move outlawed (the head slap) in the name of safety. It’s time to take away the dangerous practice of blocking below the waist.


      • Macallanlover

        I agree, if the TO offense is “just another offense”, they should be able to work within reasonable safety rules. I understand the 1st priority is concussions, but it doesn’t have to be either/or. A player can lose their career by knee injuries, and they shouldn’t have to play with their hands down to protect their knees and not do their assignment to tackle a ball carrier. That is why you may not see more knee injuries, but why should a few teams jeopardize the player’s safety with techniques they teach?

        If the NCAA doesn’t change the rules on low cut blocking, just to accommodate a half dozen teams’ offenses, they are hypocrites when speaking of player safety. I hope the Pitt coach enlists others to force an end to this ridiculous practice. Good for him, but other teams should step in and increase the volume.


        • CPark58

          I think Dan Inman, Boss Andrews, and Sean Chapas would disagree. Hi-lo blocks and headslaps were dangerous and rightly outlawed but one on one, below the waist blocks are no more dangerous than below the waist tackles, I assume we should outlaw those too? Since we are eliciting player opinions, I would imagine Joe Theisman, Willis Mcgahee, Marcus Lattimore, and a host of others would agree. Show me some definitive proof that defensive players are actually hurt, not just frustrated, at a higher rate against Tech, Ga Southern, or any of the service academies and I’ll agree with you.

          While you are watching the game tonight and compiling that information, pay attention to Christian Payne on lead blocks or a guard on a pull block.


          • In the days before holding was legal, I would agree with you. There is literally no reason to block below the waist in today’s game where you can put your hands on a defensive player.