The military academies are a special opponent to play, and are very special to play in a bowl game. Usually in a normal bowl game you have two interested regional audiences. Against the military academies, their outreach gives you a world wide audience. Not only does the type of audience make it a special opponent, but the offensive scheme for the military academies make it special. Tonight we are going to do a four part series, for four different running plays for the Army Black Knights. This article is dedicated to the midline play Army runs consistently.
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 Midline
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Formation: Wing Right/TE Right
The midline is a play (that makes 1A high school coaches jump for joy), that many teams use to offset the talent of the opposing team. It gives one less player to block due to reading where he is going to go. On this play majority of teams read the first player head up to outside of the PSG. Army in their midline, reads the first defensive tackle on the play side. We know this as the PSG tries to get leverage inside of the defensive tackle by scooping. (You will see the actual play below) The quarterback for Army has the option to give it to his fullback or pull it and run up field. The QB will give it if the defensive tackle (colored in blue) stays back, and he will pull it if the defensive tackle crashes inside. The defensive tackle on this play crashes in, causing the QB to pull it and keep it.
BST: Do not let any opposing player cross your face, protect your play side gap
BSG: Do not let any opposing player cross your face, protect your play side gap
C: Protect the backside A Gap
PSG: Scoop (get inside) the play side defensive tackle, and get to the second level
PST: Drive the first man outside towards the side line.
TE: Drive the last defender on the line of scrimmage towards the sideline.
FB: Hit the play side A Gap whether it is a give or pull.
PSWB: Pre-snap motion, insert for play side linebacker.
BSWB: Orbital motion to the play side.
Midline ran against San Diego State
5 Yard Gain
QB pulls it due to the PSG scooping the DT
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