Wake Forest was a part of the most exciting bowl game of the bowl season so far. Going toe to toe with SEC prestige Texas A&M and the Demon Deacons showed they belonged. This gave Wake Forest its eighth win of the season, and eighth bowl win of all time. They did it with balance on offense, but the offensive line did spectacular in the running game. Wake Forest running back Matt Colburn blazed the Aggie’s with 150 yards on 21 carries. Many of the play calls for Colburn was power, and the Wake Forest offensive line executed well. So let us dissect this power play ran by the mighty Demon Deacons.
PST: Play side offensive tackle
PSG: Play side offensive guard
BSG: Back side guard
BST: Back side tackle
F: Featured Running back
Y: Tight End
Wake Forest Power Drawn Up
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As you can see there are four receivers on the field if you include the tight end. Three are to one side, creating trips, and making a natural power side. The basic rules of this play is for the play side of the offensive line to block down, from center to tight end. Then on the back side, for the BSG to pull play side, and the BST to step and hinge.
The term step and hinge is stepping play side and hinging to protect that gap. The BST is to not allow anyone to cross his face in the gap he is protecting, as you can see above. The BST is protecting the back side “B Gap” and that defensive end cannot disrupt the play.
As we mentioned before the play side from center to tight end is responsible for blocking down everything inside. As you can see in the image above, the play side will take out four guys on the defense. It is imperative to reach the back side line backer as well to seal him off. In the play drawn above and the play shown below you will see that the defensive tackle slants, which causes the PSG to pick him up. This causes the PST to go to the back side linebacker. If that defensive tackle stays in his area the roles reverse for the PST and PSG. The Tight end washes down the defensive end since he is lined up inside.
The most important block, is the power block from the BSG. He is pulling and will pick up the play side line backer as drawn above. He has to stay inside out and drive him to the sidelines. In reality just getting a piece of this line backer can set the running back free, like you will see below.
Wake Forest runs the Power vs. Texas A&M
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