What's popular isn't always what's right. Nobody ran the spread until everyone did. Now everyone is moving away from it. I remember my man William "Refrigerator" Perry made a pretty good living on these short yardage plays. Now that UGA won a ring utilizing the big man, watch it come back in style.AppStateNews wrote: ↑Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:27 pmWhile true mass is mass -- what happens if we put in a DT as the fullback, he misses the block due to not knowing how to block properly and now the RB has to take on two? Two large bodies is more than one. Or, we give the ball to the DT to get the one yard but he fumbles since he's not used to ball security?mike87 wrote: ↑Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:17 pmi'd agree with this except when you are looking for 1 yard or less. Then I think the laws of physics take over. Mass is mass and it's hard to stop. I've questioned using Noel over Cam in similar short yardage situations. A big man with momentum gets the short yardage.AppStateNews wrote: ↑Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:55 amBlocking as a fullback isn't as easy as getting in front of someone. The technique to be effective at a high level is equivalent of being a TE. We use our TEs as more of an H Back role for this reason -- we get guys that can block as well as catch and run.bigdaddyg wrote: ↑Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:10 amIt’s evidently easier said than done but I don’t get why more teams don’t try to implement a big blocking fullback for short yardage situations especially. That system seemed to work for years but has pretty much died out. You would think most teams have at least one pretty athletic 250 guy who also plays line. We used Spurlin on more than a few offensive plays. Just curious
Having an athlete at 250 pounds isn't the hard part. The hard part is getting that said athlete to learn how to block AND play another position.
Most offenses are now a type of spread, so you aren't going to "waste" (for a lack of a better term) a scholarship on a guy specifically to block (unless that fits your scheme). P5 schools have the luxury of getting the best of the best athletes with size.
I will take a smaller TE/H back that knows how to block in every scenario over a guy just because he's big. And, obviously this is how most coaches feel as well since it's pretty rare to get a two way player.
Let's not get started on ball security.