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Spring Game Review - Webb's First Play

A few weeks ago, Seth took a look at the first play of the Spring Game. Today, I'd like to take a look at another first, that of Davis Webb's first time taking the snap. It was a planned RB dump-off going towards the wide side of the field. The WR's are setting up blocks on their defenders to provide some space for Quinton White to pick up some yardage.

With LB Blake Dees coming in from the middle of the field, the result of the play is a loss of 1 yard as White tries to go wide around the block of IR Jordan Davis.

What I want to take a good look at here is the play of the offensive line, specifically the interaction between the center and right guard.

Looking at the play beginning here

Knowing it's going to be a short pass to the RB, they do a poor job of taking the tackle (#98 Anthony Smith) out of the play. Smith is lined up over the right guard and rushes straight up the field, so he's going to be the guard's responsibility once the ball is snapped. After Morales (C #51) snaps the ball, he also engages Smith, seemingly pushing him towards the ball carrier.

In this photo you can see the two big uglies both engaged with the tackle.

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Ideally, the guard should let Smith's forward momentum take him further up the field, accomplishing two things. First, it would take him toward the backfield and away from White, while also releasing some space for Morales to clear over and provide a block on Dees.

That should have opened up more of the field for White to look against the grain, instead of relying on the IR to get him a couple yards.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors.</em>

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