Defenses of the Big 12 will revolve majority around 4-2-5, 3-4, and 3-5 defenses. The Big 12 is not known for its defenses, and we think Texas can take advantage of that in the future. Last nights Texas Bowl showed bright days are ahead in Austin. Watching the film again, I saw one play call in the game that needs to be called more often. That play is the Guard Tackle Counter (GT), and it has potential. So keep reading down below, and we will break down how Texas runs their GT. (Photo above by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
PST: Play side offensive tackle
PSG: Play side offensive guard
BSG: Back side guard
BST: Back side tackle
F: Featured Running back
H: Hybrid Back (used for running and receiving)
Texas GT Counter Drawn Up
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Offensive formation: Trips Left
As you see above Missouri is a 4-2-5 team, and shifted heavily towards the trips side. On the GT counter the blocking scheme follows two simple rules; if you are on the play side you block down, and back side you pull. This play was called twice last night, and hopefully will be called more in the future, especially how spread out defenses are in the Big 12.
The defensive tackle on the play side is in what they call a one technique, inside of the play side guard (PSG). It is that guards responsibility to protect the “A Gap” and block that defensive tackle down. For the PST (look at your abbreviations above) there is no one in his “B Gap”, so he works to second level to backside linebacker. The center has to block back on the other defensive tackle and protect backside “A Gap.”
Meanwhile the BSG is pulling and kicking the first defender outside of the PST (which is the defensive end). His rule is to stay inside out, and not let the defender get inside leverage. While the BST is pulling and looking for play side linebacker. He too has to stay inside out, not letting that LB get inside on him.
It is interesting to note that Texas runs a bubble screen with their H receiver (the most inside WR) off of this run play. Like we mentioned before, Missouri is shifted heavily towards the trips side. If Texas would have caught Missouri not shifted over, the QB would have thrown the bubble.
Texas runs the GT against Missouri
Play result: 7 yards
Now ask yourself….
- Was the pulling guard fast and physical kicking out the defensive end?
- Was the pulling tackle inside out on the play side linebacker?
Bottom Line: This play can have huge success if fundamentals are corrected in the future. I am looking forward to the continued success in Austin. Do you have any input of the article, please leave a comment below!
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