Moving Picture Pages - Toussaint Jab Step

Submitted by Chris of Dange… on September 30th, 2011 at 11:44 PM

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It's one thing for a running back to have quick feet; it's quite another to have feet capable of nailing an unblocked guy's feet to the ground and teleporting an opposing nose tackle from one side of your guard to the other.

Of course, on this play Toussaint wasn't the only guy with super powers.  The SDSU DE running the scrape exchange made himself invisible, at least to Kevin Koger.

The Setup:  First and 10 for Michigan on the SDSU 16, up 21-7 and driving to close the game out.  Michigan will run the zone read (I think; I'm sure I'll be corrected if I get it wrong) out of the shotgun, pulling Kevin Koger to open the backside. 

Wha'hoppon: Robinson sees the LB come down for contain and so hands off to Fitzgerald Toussaint.  Koger misses the DE coming down the line on the scrape exchange, blocking the LB that had already been neutralized by the handoff. 

With a free hitter staring him in the face, Toussaint takes a half-step to the outside, freezing the DE and changing the momentum of the NT being blocked by Omameh.  This puts him on the wrong side of the hole, and Omameh rides him out of the hole as Toussaint comes through one step ahead of the DE.  Good downfield blocking lets Fitz ride his OL to a 9-yard gain.

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