Florida State fans have to be happier with how Saturday went, especially with the offense’s production. There will still be growing pains in future games, but this is obviously a step in the right direction. One sign of this was improvement on Jet Sweeps, as some actually gained positive yardage. If you didn’t know, Florida State runs different variations of the Jet Sweep, and we are here to break that down for you in the form of GIFS!
The Traditional Jet Sweep
The word “Tradition” is music to the Seminole ear. Most times we have run the traditional Jet Sweep, it has had a better chance of making an efficient gain. In the GIF above, you see the all of the offensive lineman using the “reach and run” technique. This allows them to get a hook block on the defender just off their strong side shoulder. From left guard all the way to right tackle, they all take the same steps. This seals the defensive box, and gives the ball carrier efficient yards to the outside.
As you can see in the…uh…slightly substandard image editing above, Tre’shaun Harrison is the jet sweep guy, taking the hand off from Francois. His goal is to be fast, “belly out” from the hand off, and get to the outside. The term “belly out” means the ball carrier is losing yards to gain yards, getting deeper away from defenders so he can bounce outside. In the GIF above, you can see the offensive line does a great job of sealing the box and Tre’shaun does well getting to the sideline.
FSU also blocks this in a unique way with the “pin and pull” technique. As you can see from the drawing and GIF, the two wide receivers pin the defensive end and linebacker in the box. Meanwhile the left tackle is pulling around, keeping his eyes outside to hit the first thing in white. The left tackle needs to improve on his job; however, it is an improvement over prior games.
The two receivers up top are Gavin on the outside and McKitty on the inside. McKitty does an amazing job cracking his defensive end, and sending him flying to the ground. Gavin is also physical with the linebacker. With the effort of the receivers, the offensive line, and some NIU defenders taken out by alignment, there are only two defenders that can possibly make the play. Even when they do make the play, it’s easily a first down.
Jet Sweep Read
The Jet Sweep read has been one of the most frustrating plays to watch so far in Taggart’s offense. I understand the design, but a quarterback has to be willing to pull it more often than not. I have seen film from both Oregon and South Florida where this works in his system, given that the quarterback is willing to run.
On this play, Francois made the right read, but he should be more aggressive to pull it. He is reading the play-side defensive end. If he comes straight up field, Francois is pulling and running right up the middle. Because the defensive end crashed inside – showing his numbers – Francois gave it. The number one rule on a read option is “when in doubt, give it.” But just look at the middle of the field during the play. I have a feeling Francois could slip past the DE, as he was half speed coming.
The safety for NIU read this like a book, coming up to make the hit 15 yards away from the snap. If he didn’t finish the tackle, the play-side linebacker would have. This was great film preparation from the NIU coaching staff, knowing that this double slot formation would give you the Jet Sweep Read.
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