I-Formation vs. Iowa

Submitted by profitgoblue on October 18th, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I preface this with the statement that I am not the most knowledgeable football mind.  With that out of the way, I noticed that Michigan use the I-formationon offense much more against Iowa than I've seen this year.  Was this something that was employed to exploit an Iowa weakness the coaches saw on film?  Was this directly in reaction to MSU keeping their backside defensive ends at home?  Any information/thoughts are appreciated.

Comments

jmblue

October 18th, 2010 at 3:21 PM ^

I don't understand that logic.  We run most plays out of the shotgun, so Khoury almost certainly has practiced more in the gun than under center.  And if shotgun snapping were his weakness, why wouldn't we have gone to the I last week, when Molk went down against MSU?  I think it's more likely that we felt our running game would have more success against Iowa's D out of the I formation.  We also ran a lot of I-formation plays last year against them.   

Blue_Sox

October 18th, 2010 at 3:46 PM ^

No. Molk goes out of the game and on literally the next play we are in the I-formation for the first time all game. Seems pretty easy to make the correlation. We do that a couple more plays then go back to the shotgun and the snap almost gets away from Denard. The I-form was used to prevent bad snaps at a crucial point in the game then we got behind big, had to pass and didn't see it much more, if at all.

jmblue

October 18th, 2010 at 4:02 PM ^

If you're concerned about snapping, why would you go to a formation you rarely run, in which a bad snap often means a turnover?  A bad snap in the shotgun is often less of a problem than a bad snap under center.  The five-yard head start gives the QB time to pick it up.   

jmblue

October 18th, 2010 at 4:06 PM ^

I have no idea why you're being so dismissive.  One would have thought that getting periodically negbanged into negative points would have taught you a little humility. 

Last year we also used the I extensively against Iowa.  That was with Mooseman at center, starting his third game in place of Molk.  We had not used the I against MSU the week before, nor did we use the I last week after Molk first went out.  I think it's very likely that we planned all along to run some I against Iowa, and that we simply were confident that Khoury could handle it.

dennisblundon

October 18th, 2010 at 3:14 PM ^

This was used primarily in short yardage situations. Lining up in shot gun requires a deeper hand off and the RB doesn't get a running start. He must wait for the QB to hand off, leading to a slower developing play. I believe we handed off to Hopkins a few times out of the I formation when he lined up at fullback.This is a quick hitting type of play which is more effective in short yardage situations.

jmblue

October 18th, 2010 at 3:14 PM ^

We did this as well last year against them.  I think it may be that we simply wanted to run faster-developing running plays against their defensive front. 

JD_UofM_90

October 18th, 2010 at 3:21 PM ^

sometimes comes out and does a tribute to the other school during pre-game or halftime?  Well, we just wanted to make the Iowa folks feel welcome by stepping it up a notch and spelling out an " I " on the field for them, during the game. 

profitgoblue

October 18th, 2010 at 3:36 PM ^

My thought at the time was that Michigan is the #1 offense in the nation and got there by running the zone read and then they come out in the I-formation.  But it worked so I didn't complain (and am not complaining now).  It was just interesting to see that the scripted plays of the first drive were run from a completely different offensive set.

WolvinLA2

October 18th, 2010 at 4:03 PM ^

The fact that we can also churn out runs from the I form is awesome. How hard is it to defend a team that puts out 4 wide one play and runs out of the power I the next play? Defenses don't have enough time to switch personnel to those adjustments at the rate we run plays. We would be unstoppabler.

rowblue42

October 18th, 2010 at 5:47 PM ^

I'm surprised that we haven't seen any pistol formation yet.  Oregon seems to have success with it.  RB gets a downhill run and QB gets time like in the shotgun,