Maurice Hurst at fullback vs Miami (NTM)

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on September 15th, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Noticed they had him on the goal line for Green's TD run. Didn't see this mentioned anywhere, but if it already was, mods please delete.

Doing his best Will Carr impression. This is the only snap I can remember him being in at FB. Anyone else see him at fullback on Saturday for any other plays?

The play is at 13:39

Comments

LSAClassOf2000

September 15th, 2014 at 1:24 PM ^

I think Hurst's high school team used him like that too, as a short-yardage / goal line FB, but yeah, I was immediately reminded of the days of William Carr when they put him out there on that play. As I recall, Carr was about 6'0'' and 270 pounds, and Hurst is a smidge bigger than that, I believe, so if we need someone who can eliminate hazards, if you will, with his own force as he or others cross the goal line, I am OK with that. 

BlueMan80

September 15th, 2014 at 1:25 PM ^

and absolutely love it.  He ran the ball in high school, so they could be setting up a big surprise for later in the season.  You need to see how using Hurst in the formation will work in practice vs. theory, so no problem with lining up and running this against Miami.  Looks like he will plow the road quite effectively.

Naked Bootlegger

September 15th, 2014 at 1:29 PM ^

Thx.  Did not notice this substitution during the game, but maybe I was too nervous and toggled the DVR fast forward too quickly to make sure that we held the 17-10 lead.

Forced tape delay for me due to youth football, and I was OK with it since I didn't have to listen to the halftime analysis stating that we....ahem...underperformed in the 1st half.

Jeff09

September 15th, 2014 at 3:09 PM ^

Nuss used to do this at Bama too I think. Pretty sure he used to put Jesse Williams, that 330lb nose tackle from Australia, at FB every now and then. And it usually worked.

Mr. Yost

September 15th, 2014 at 3:59 PM ^

It almost always worked. He was always in during these situations, run or pass.

For Hurst who isn't paying starter's minutes at DT, giving him 10-12 plays on offense to remember isn't a big deal.

Love the idea for a guy with such explosion and great feet. He's through the hole and into the end zone before Green even gets the ball.

I'm not surprised at this, I'm suprised that a poster really would say something about them not "saving" this formation.

LOL - people are past the point of unrealistic and are now just making shit up to complain. Save what? He didn't even do anything except run through the hole and keep it sealed for Green? It wasn't even a trick play from the formation.

Anyway, good note on Williams, Bama used to clean up when he was in the game leading the way.

Jeff09

September 15th, 2014 at 7:54 PM ^

Agree, there's nothing to 'save.' Any coach worth his salt is going to scout Nussmeier at Alabama and see this, I wasn't shocked when it came out in the game (was pleasantly surprised though. Also I wouldn't be shocked if they hand it to the big fella sometime given he's played RB

I dumped the Dope

September 15th, 2014 at 7:14 PM ^

are being met with a guy with 50+ lbs more beef.  Even if he doesn't moldboard plow someone below the level of the turf, at least its going to be an incredible edge "seal" and at worst force Green/Smith into a 1-on-1 with a wing player like a CB or Safety who probably doesn't have the mass to make such a momentum-stopping tackle in short yardage.