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Submitted by Chris of Dange… on October 12th, 2011 at 10:11 PM

(Previously on The Michael Schofield Trilogy -,

Here's Part II of the trilogy.  This time Schofield sees the blitzer and saves the day, which I wasn't expecting to see until the third movie.  The second movie is where it looks like the bad guy is going to win, isn't it?

Setup: Michigan has the ball fourth-and-one at their own 42 shortly after stopping Northwestern on their own fourth-and-one attempt.  Michigan lines up in the shotgun with a slot and WR left and two TEs right.  Smith is the RB.  Northwestern plays 4-3 even with a linebacker (loosely) over the slot receiver, the CB on the line against the two TEs, and one safety rolled into the box.

Wha'hoppon: Schofield pulls on the QB Power to the right.  The two TEs double the playside DE, and the RT and RG double the playside DT.  The SLB comes hard for the gap between them, but this time Schofield sees him and stands him up so he can't blow up the play.  Smith kicks out the CB, and the safety can't come up in time as Denard easily converts the fourth down.  Michigan would go on to score a TD on this drive.

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October 13th, 2011 at 12:15 AM ^

If the safety gets beat its a touchdown, he wants to make sure he doesn't whiff on the tackle even if being super aggresive might prevent the first down.  Just one of the many ways denard can change a defense.


October 13th, 2011 at 12:49 AM ^

They have it pretty well defensed pre snap, but it's well blocked (by a good offensive line) and their LBs and secondary are too slow to diagnose the play.  The will backer for them did a poor job IMO.  If the guard pulls he should flow over the top playside; he took himself out of the play too early. 

But that's the sort of thing good scheming in college takes advantage of.  That's not Teo on the edge but some random 2 star most of the time -- they aren't going to make the play.

Nice breakdown, thanks.  Great block by Smith to give Denard an easy cut back.