Posted by Big Ron on October 25, 19 at 03:45:06:
On passing downs, Utah ran a simple stunt with great success. I bet we see a variation again Saturday.
Utah lined up 2 330 lb DTs flanked by 2 bDEs. Then on HendersonŐs outside shoulder they stationed a OLB on the line to give a 5 man look. On MillerŐs side, the OLB lined up off the line. ASU zone blocked on pass protection, but the LB made the line call a slant block to its left. On the left side, Henderson would kick left toward the LB, Losoya would try to cut off the DE, Braden Anae and Cabral would block down on the DT. On the right side, that left 277 lb Woods singled up on a 335 lb DT and Miller on the DE.
At the snap -
The LB outside of Henderson dropped off the line, leaving Henderson and any chip help with nobody to block. The Anae shot the gap between Henderson and Losoya and Losoya was not quick enough to cut him off. On the right side, the DT shot the A gap crushing West (who was isolated on the big DT) to leave a wide open rush lane up the middle because Cabral had blocked left. Miller blocked straight up on the DE. But the LB on his outside shoulder was the true extra pass rusher and was left with a clear unabated path to Daniels. Utah played single safety back betting that ASU would not have the time to throw deep. Therefore, it had a safety and MLB to take a center rush or stay in coverage.
The result -
Two or three rushers were in Daniels face on every passing down. And Bradlee Anae was announced as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week today after his performance against the Sun Devils. That is how a good defense can make the most from a simple stunt.
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