Question on Hands to the Face

Question on Hands to the Face

Submitted by mvp on January 4th, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I have a rules question for the experts out there:

With Michigan up 17-9 in the 4th quarter, and VT driving, Logan had that run to the left on 4th and 11 (or 4th and 13).  What is the rule about hands to the face on blocks?  

Kovacs is trying to shed a block and make a tackle, and the blocker puts his hand on Kovacs' facemask and pushes up.  Kovacs knocks it away only to have the blocker push the facemask AGAIN making it so that Kovacs likely couldn't even see.

I know that with a stiff-arm the ballcarrier gets a lot of leeway with hands to the opponent's face, but should a blocker have the same leeway?  This would have been a crucial missed call on a crucial drive if Michigan hadn't pulled it out.

Michigan Fans and Atmosphere in the Big Easy

Michigan Fans and Atmosphere in the Big Easy

Submitted by umhero on January 4th, 2012 at 8:43 AM

A friend of mine shared this with me and I thought it was pretty cool.  It shows Michigan fans in New Orleans and gives us a sense of the good time that was had.

BTW - There are two Lloyd Brady sightings in the video.

If someone can embed it would be appreciated.

Introducing... THE BLOCKHAMS, Jan 3 2012

Introducing... THE BLOCKHAMS, Jan 3 2012

Submitted by Six Zero on January 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 PM


The Blockhams, MGoEdition - Jan 3 2012

Copyright © 2012 Scott S. Robbins.  All Rights Reserved.
May not be reproduced without permission.




I'm very excited to unveil the first edition of THE BLOCKHAMS™, my new ongoing online comic strip featuring the illustrated exploits of a maize and blue family.  As I've previously mentioned, THE BLOCKHAMS™ will run every Tuesday here on MGoBlog and every Thursday at its official home page at

If you like what you see, be sure to visit the site to learn more about the cast and the premise of the strip itself, and bookmark it before you leave.  As always, be sure to check out the site's awesome sponsors as well.  And The Blockhams are also on Twitter at @theblockhams so be sure to follow to receive updates whenever a new strip publishes.

Finally, after some deliberation before Christmas I've chose to 'out' myself here on the blog, simply because this is my creation and I'm too proud of it to hide behind a user name and risk someone else claiming ownership.  This strip will run for the foreseeable future and I wanted to do it right.  So there it is, here I am, please respect the decision, etc.

Finally, as a gift on the official launch date of the series, I've decided to run a second strip that will publish later this afternoon on THE BLOCKHAMS™ home page.  If you like what you've seen, be sure to check back later today at for a look at what Christmas was like in the Blockhams home this year.

Thanks everyone and GO BLUE TONIGHT!!!


Sugar Bowl: Streams & A Question

Sugar Bowl: Streams & A Question

Submitted by MattisonMan on January 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Heads-up for streaming:

Firstrowsports was down yesterday and appears to be down today so far.  Yesterday I found this one to watch the Gator bowl (it's more or less the same thing):


That said, I've got a big problem and would appreciate some help.  Long story short, the game will end around 7am local time and watching live is out of the question.  They don't have DVRs over here (can't get espn3 either), and I doubt I can stay in the dark on the score long enough to wait for the torrent, which usually pops up several days after the fact.  Is there any way to find a delayed stream or super-prompt torrent or any other possible solution? 


MgoDogs Sharing Their Enthusiasm.

MgoDogs Sharing Their Enthusiasm.

Submitted by mdsgoblue on January 2nd, 2012 at 3:17 PM

So my neighborhood consists of about 3 Hokie families and 4 Wolverine families and we are all coming together in one house for the game tomorrow night.  There has been a lot of back and forth since the bowl pairing was announced and my dogs just wanted to get in on the fray.

Excusing my amature video skills, enjoy!

EDIT:  Apparently I have forgotten how to embed here so help a brother out.  Food is burning!

Va. Tech Base Defense: G Front with Robber Coverage

Va. Tech Base Defense: G Front with Robber Coverage

Submitted by steve sharik on January 1st, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Brian has talked about Va. Tech's base D briefly, but I'd like to talk about it more in-depth.  The "G" defense, as it is known, was the base D for the high school team for which I was a varsity assistant for 9 years, including the last year as defensive coordinator.  I say this not to try and impress you, but to let you know that I have a good knowledge of the defense.

The defense was built to stop 2-back, 1-TE formation offense (also known as "21 personnel"), especially in the run game.  Refer again to the diagram of "G" against the Pro formation:


The corners are the only "pass first" players on the defense, so if the offense runs a regular run play (i.e., where the entire OL run blocks and the play is a run), the defense has 9 defenders in the box to defend the run.

The defensive alignment pre-snap looks like Cover 3 or Cover 1 (aka man-free).  The base coverage of the "G" defense is "robber" coverage, in which the underneath and inside defenders play a "robber" technique.  The corners start a 7 yards deep and the free starts 11 yards deep over the strong B gap.  Late in the QB's cadence, the corners will slowly backpedal inside and 9 yards deep, while the free safety will creep toward the line of scrimmage from 11 to 9 yards.

The free safety will read the EMLOS (End Man on the Line Of Scrimmage) to passing strength (the side of the formation with more receivers) for run/pass.  If it is a run, he is to front the ball (get in a direct vertical line with it), then play the ball inside-out, while staying inside the ILB (Backer or Mike) to which the ball is being run.  

If it is a pass, he is to read the release of #2 strong.  If #2 is vertical (any route where #2 hasn't broken off by 7 yards, inluding deep outs, digs, hooks, etc.) the free plays him man.  If #2 goes to the flat, the free "robs" #1 to that side, mostly expecting a 12-15 yard curl route or deep in route.  If #2 runs a shallow cross, the free "robs" #1 to that other side, mostly expecting a dig.  In either robber situation, if #1 runs a post, the free has deep help from the corner.

The advantage of playing against a pro set is that the EMLOS and the #2 receiver are the same player: the TE.

The Rover and Whip key the EMLOS.  Against the run they are primary force players.  Against the pass they are to "buzz flat, run wheel," which means they sprint to take away a quick hitch, out, or slant.  If the receiver in the flat turns it up on a wheel, the Rover/Whip will carry him man-to-man, allowing the corner to be an inside leverage, deep half player.

The Backer robs #3 strong and has the same rules as the free: #3 vertical = man, #3 flat = rob #1 strong, #3 shallow = rob #1 weak.  If #3 stays in to pass black, the Backer will play any shallow cross or checkdown.  

The Mike robs #2 weak, and his rules are similar: #2w vertical = man, #2w flat = rob #1 weak, #2w shallow = rob #1 strong.  If #2 weak stays in to pass block, the Mike will drop to the weak curl zone.

I hope to write another diary discussing the weaknesses of the G defense with robber coverage.