There haven't been very many times that I've felt so much pride after a loss in the last few years. Our boys' play in Norman was definitely something we can continue to build on.
This week we take another look at a running play, and I promise that soon I'll get to a pass play. But this particular instance was a case where something we looked at previously was built on, or altered.
Beginning with a 2-back set, Tech was starting from the OU 32 on 1st and 10 after a nice gain by DeAndre Washington up the right sideline.
At the snap, all five offensive linemen make hard moves to the left. The ball is handed off to Kenny Williams after Washington makes a feign past Webb. Williams is now left to follow the line, looking for an opening to cut up the field.
In prior weeks, we had looked at this two back move where they went different places, creating some hesitation in the defense in getting to the ball. This play however, shows Kenny that the best read was to follow Washington right in to the hole that was well developed by Jared Kaster, Beau Carpenter and Rashad Fortenberry. The left side of the line wasn't asked to do much, as their assigned guys went up the field. Looking at this play a little more, I'm not sure even much a stunt is able to change many things up.
Kaster is able to take the defensive tackle all by himself away from the hole. Same with Fortenberry to the other side. This frees up Carpenter and Washington to reach the next level, sealing the linebackers from making a play. Only the safety is left in any position to stop Kenny Williams before he gets a chance to break for the end zone.
As that hole is opened up, Washington does a fantastic job of finding it in time to clear it out before Williams gets there. If either of the linebackers are able to step up there, this play gets nowhere near a first down.
Opposite of what we usually say for our defensive line, being able to run block one-on-one is really key to getting good chunks of yardage. Kaster and Fortenberry really made this play work.
Now in hindsight, I am left wondering what to do about that third level. The safety who makes the stop is really the last guy with a great angle on Kenny. I'm curious is Jakeem Grant can key on him right from the snap to keep him from crashing down on Kenny. I don't see the defensive back guarding Jakeem having a good angle for the tackle even if he goes barely touched. Maybe Amaro would be better suited for that kind of block. I'm not trying to be greedy, but when you start getting content with what you're doing, you end up missing out on chances to get better.