What follows are screenshots and videos of Arkansas v. ULM.
Consider whether the play is simply good defensive play or was something blown on the part of Arkansas’ offensive linemen?
Some of these offensive blocking schemes must be by design. Coach Petrino’s repeated phrases, “Make the first person miss” and “Yards after initial contact,” beg the question of whether there are more purposeful instances of the defensive end going unblocked than we might otherwise realize.
Each video is really short, no more than 10 seconds each. It may take watching each video 4-5 times to track each player referred to in the screen shot.
The good about what’s shown is that most of this looks mental. When it comes to position and staying with blocks, it is both a mental and a physical issue. Rarely do the offensive linemen look like they simply get shoved back when the lineman is low and in position.
This is a rushing play off Arkansas’ left guard. Initially Arkansas’ left tackle is pushed back causing our runner to head to the center then to the hole. Because the play develops slower than expected a defensive back from Arkansas’ right comes through a right-side hole to help make the play.
On this play in particular, and it occurs again later, our offensive guard checks for any late blitzes (it’s easier to see in slow motion, but it may help to view in full screen on this one), and it’s just enough to allow the defensive end to avoid a double team and get to Mallett.
This is close to what the offensive lineman is supposed to do, although a bigger pocket is probably preferable.
The play is a run to the right, and the right side of the offensive line opens a hole as big a Dallas. All offensive linemen have position on the defensive linemen. It’s hard to understand, and maybe someone out there can explain, why the left tackle blocks down in the direction of the play as opposed to blocking out on the defensive end who assists on the tackle.
Arkansas’ left guard continues to worry about the defensive end/tackle while his center needs help. A slightly quicker decision would help the nose guard stay contained, especially since the defensive nose guard has lined up in the gap to the left of center (from Arkansas’ perspective) or on the center’s left shoulder.
Arkansas has a tight end as a down lineman who handles the defensive end. The corner is coming on a blitz and is picked up by the fullback. The nose guard appears to be lined up on right shoulder of Arkansas’ left offensive guard. It’s difficult to tell what’s happening with Arkansas’ left guard and left offensive tackle, both of whom have position on the nose tackle with some help from the center to keep the nose guard from making the play.
Why is the tackle blocking down when there’s a defensive lineman standing to the left? If there’s a trap block on then it’s the guard who goes after the standing end. Otherwise shouldn’t the offensive tackle kick out the defensive end?