This really **is** how they drew it up.

I mentioned in this week’s Observations post the nice job Pickens did blocking on Swift’s second touchdown of the day.  He was hardly alone in that regard; in fact, it was one of those plays where literally everyone did their job exactly as they were supposed to, which is why nobody touched Swift on his way to the end zone.

Some darn beautiful blocking

D'Andre Swift glides into the endzone after effective blocking.

Indeed it was.



Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

16 responses to “This really **is** how they drew it up.

  1. Bulldog Joe

    Woerner in the H back position is a good way to solve the backside pursuit problem.

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  2. I love how Swift shifts that ball away from pursuing defenders just in case he gets hit from that side. Its the small things.

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  3. bcdawg97

    Even Landers on the backside holds his block for the entire play.


  4. 3rdandGrantham

    Not sure why – perhaps because they are smaller than their typical O counterparts or because many do a poor job of it – but seeing WRs blocking like this or downfield is my favorite thing to see from the offense. Now I know why Kirby puts such emphasis on it, in which he’ll bench a 5 star WR until he is motivated to block efficiently.


  5. 92 grad

    Can someone explain why all the backfield defenders got sucked into the middle of the formation? The two in the back especially. They drifted toward the center of the field immediately and I cant see why they wouldn’t have seen Swift breaking to his left.


    • Yurdle

      The easiest explanation may be that Murray State ain’t Bama. But Swift and the play design do a few subtle things to sell the run inside: Swift approaches the line vertically (notice how he stays on the hash) and throttles down as he gets the ball. When he turns outside, he moves much more quickly. Plus the TE backside block looks like a lead block or a trap block, both of which take advantage of run keys to suggest a run to the right.


  6. Harold Miller

    From my seats, I saw the flow right and Swift cut back against the flow. It was a thing of beauty.


  7. The Dawg abides

    Because of the play design. Pickens going in motion draws the corner inside, then when the ball is snapped he is still flowing with Pickens in case it’s a play-action pass. The safety and outside linebacker get sucked in because everyone except the TE starts flowing right. By then, it’s too late. The safety actually reads the play and gets in the lane, but Swift’s move and then Pickens’ block take him out. Then it’s just Swift’s speed. Perfect design and execution.


  8. As best as I can tell Pickens ends up blocking two different players on this run by Swift.


  9. David H.

    Murray State must have been in man coverage, because the CB (#14) followed Pickens all the way into the middle of the field. By the time he realized it was a running play, his whole side of the defense was left unoccupied. If they had been in zone and the safety (the one that Pickens ended up blocking) had switched onto coverage of Pickens, then the CB could have stayed wide and protected his side of the field.