Wednesday, November 2, 2011

H2H Playbook: Diagram of T. King's Game-Tying Catch

I will admit, last Saturday in Jacksonville, I was not a happy camper about midway through the 2nd quarter. Hell, even after Michael Bennett's touchdown, my arms were still crossed. But the play the really turned my hopes around and put the pressure on the Gators was the 4th and 6 touchdown grab by Tavarres King, which tied the score at 17-17 (and yes, I was immediately back in pissed off mode after the ensuing kickoff return).

First, let's take a look at the play diagram:


Florida was running "man-to-man" coverage on the play: looking at it from behind the offense, the left corner had Marlon, the middle safety had Orson, the other safety had Bennett, and the right corner had TK. The two outside linebackers both blitzed on the play, and the middle linebacker showed blitz then backed out, read Murray's eyes, and fell into a short zone to attempt to undercut any short routes. For UGA, both outside receivers (Marlon and TK) took an outside release and ran fade routes to the endzone. Orson ran a short post route to the center of the field and Bennett ran a short "square in" route at the sticks (it could have been an option route based on where his defender was, but I can't tell for sure). 

The two blitzing LBs left UGA in a tough situation: it's not easy to block six rushers with only six blockers (the 5 O-linemen + Samuel), especially when the middle LB also shows blitz. Fortunately, the pre-snap communication must have been great because not only did Murray get the throw off, he never got touched (he even had time to pump-fake before he makes the throw). On the clip below, you will notice that all the receivers are actually very well covered, but the Florida corner guarding King, Jaylen Watkins, makes a common mistake: he never turns his head around (which also gave me flashes of Willie Martinez). Murray floats King the ball, and TK goes up and makes a great play:

3 comments:

  1. It's amazing this play keeps working. We've run it a bunch since Bobo became OC. We've run it to Malcolm Mitchell for a TD already this season, and we ran it to Mo Mass against UT in 08 and most notably, to Mo Mass for the win vs GT in 2006.

    No one bit on the pump fake Saturday, TK just made a heck of a play.

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  2. Chase,

    Yep, the back shoulder fade (which this kind of is) has become very popular on all levels, not just college. As long as the defender doesn't turn his head around, it's a very high percentage play.

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  3. tONY bALL NEEDS A RAISE. AARON MURRAY IS SO OFF IN HIS THROWS, BUT RECEIVERS KEEP MAKING CIRCUS CATCHES, IT'S AMAZING. KUDOS T BALL. AND YES, T KING & BENNETT MADE RIDICULOUS CATCHES. MURRAY WENT BRETT FAVRE ON HIS READ AND THROW, THROW IT UP, HOPE HIS GUY WINS THE BATTLE, BUT LUCKILY, IN THIS CASE, IT WORKED. MANY TIME, LIKE 2010 GAME AGAINST FLORIDA, MURRAY TOSSED 3 OR 4 INT'S.

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