Setup: Michigan has the ball back quickly after the previous drive (which contained the Toussaint long run). They line up in the same formation as that play, and Minnesota counters with their same formation, with two safeties up and the corners waaaay off.
Wha'hoppon: The play starts out looking like the Toussaint run. Most likely with their ears still burning from the chewing-out they got after that, one LB and one S fail to notice that Michigan's line is pass blocking rather than run blocking, and both move to fill the hole that Hopkins is heading into. Much to their chagrin, Hopkins heads straight out of the hole and has two steps on them before they can change direction. Denard's pass is on target, and the result is a 28-yard gain.
Would this play set-up work on an actual defense? It seems to me decent safeties would have diagnosed this play a little better and been back further, or are they just terrified of Denard running. Thoughts?
seems like if they have a 4-3 over like they do, it is set up to fail on this play unless the LBs stay with Hopkins. Its also possible Hopkins has a read route and runs a hitch or an out instead of a seam if the S doesnt bite.
Even if they S takes away the FB pop, that leaves 1 safety to cover 2 deep routes on the outside, maybe a comeback route or a jump ball to good ol 21.
Also it looks like Koger is on a delayed release route into the flat for a check down option. I like Koger vs an OLB
On the fifth night—possibly the sixth—a breeze arose.
It was cool and dewy.
plays like this help against good defenses like OSU/MSU when they put 8/9 in the box or start walking the safeties up and say "Pass if you can, Denard". I'd like to think this will give them just enough more to think about.