Part two in our series tonight is the belly play. The “b” in belly stands for “B Gap”, which means the running back’s attack point is in the B Gap. This is a bread and butter play for Army, especially for a team they feel like they can bully around. Usually against power five teams Army relies on option plays, but against certain G5 teams they can create physical movement. So let us break down the belly that Army used against San Diego State.
WB: Wing Back
PST: Playside offensive tackle (towards the play side)
PSG: Playside offensive guard (towards the play side)
BSG: Backside offensive guard (away from the play side)
BST: Backside offensive tackle (away from the play side)
Army Blocking Scheme for Belly
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Formation: Wing Left/TE Left
The picture above is the same exact formation, and defensive front for the gif below. The most important thing about the belly is ensuring the play side tackle and tight end wash down the inside defenders. The second most important thing is the kick out from the play side guard. If the guard gets movement on the last guy on the line of scrimmage, there is an automatic hole for the back to run through.
BST: Scoop playside
BSG: Double the nose, scoop playside
C: Double the Nose, work play side to play side LB.
PSG: Pull play side and kick out the last man on the line of scrimmage. Stay inside out.
PST: Block Down
TE: Block Down
FB: Hit the play side B Gap
PSWB: Insert to second level, working to play side LB.
BSWB: Orbital motion to the play side.
Belly ran against San Diego State
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