The best way to compare the FSU run blocking scheme to something tangible, is to compare it to vanilla ice cream with a few sprinkles. Most of the FSU run game is either base blocking, or reaching and running. Sometimes we have our sprinkles where we like to pull a guard ,run a GT Counter play, or that double reverse that never works. The times we are vanilla on the OL, we are terrible with fundamentals, especially when we are “reaching and running”.
When you are reaching and running, the scheme isn’t necessarily a specific man you have to block. You are trying to reach one gap over, to whatever defender that maybe there, and flip your hips. When you are base blocking it is basically a board drill between you and the defender lined across from you. Florida State is very lucky to have two explosive running backs that can get production done, with minimal creases.
While FSU had 228 yards on the ground, Cam Akers above the century mark, and Patrick just below it, the OL play was still bad. For a pro set offense, the amount of coaching fundamentals is a very important thing to accomplish. When an offensive lineman is asked to reach and run, they have to accomplish a 45 degree angle play side step, push vertical, and finally flip your hips. Flipping your hips on the defender, gives a natural running lane for the back so they can run right off your butt. When you base block, you have to fire off the ball, flat back, firmly grasp the defender by his breast plate, run your feet with a wide base, lockout your arms, and roll your hips.
We are going to see a set of gifs from yesterdays game of unsuccessful reach, and base blocks. Which is the type of blocks FSU needs to be successful, even if they are vanilla. See if you can spot what our offensive lineman are NOT doing.
#79 Josh Ball LT struggles with his second step on his reach and run, causing penetration from the Duke Defense.
#76 Rick Leonard RT does not have his hands on the inside of the Duke Defender, causing him to lose leverage
LG #74 Derrick Kelly gets beat off the ball, and man handled on his base block
#79 LT Josh Ball hesitates on his reach and run, does not reach the second level Duke Defender
Offensive Line: Three Holding Penalties