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By Brian White, Offensive Coordinator, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)


At Rose-Hulman IT (IN) the “red line” is referred to as the line four yards from the sideline. It’s a landmark used in the Fightin’ Engineers wide zone run game such as jet sweep and power read where the ball carrier knows he cannot cutback or be at the risk of absorbing blindside hits from backside pursuit players. This is why offensive coordinator Brian White teaches his runners to reach specific landmarks on these concepts before he can make any cuts. Coach White details these landmarks, and how they change upon the defense front, in this exclusive clinic report. Read the report here...

By Brian White
Offensive Coordinator
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Twitter: @CoachWhite_RHIT


The Jet Sweep is a play carried by most offenses in some fashion.  One of the popular ways to run this play today is associated with an interior run read, such as Power Read, or a “wrong way run” with a zone working opposite the sweep.  Many offenses choose to use a crack scheme on their perimeter to account for the inside Linebacker on the Jet Sweep side.  This concept creates a one-on-one match-up between the ball carrier and the unblocked cornerback.

An alternative to leaving the play side CB unblocked is to leave the inside linebacker unblocked and allow the course of the ball carrier to out-leverage a defender running from inside to outside.  This is the option that we implement in our offense. On any Jet Sweep, the ball carrier is instructed to run parallel on to the line of scrimmage until he reaches a specific landmark on the field before he can make any type of cut. 

Jet Sweeps fall into our category of “Red Line” plays.  These plays that intend to hit wide near the Red Line, which is 4 yards from the sideline.  On Red Line plays, the Offensive Line is blocking a different play, therefore the pursuit of the defense will not be accounted for in the blocking scheme.  For example, when we run Power Read, the OL is blocking Power and not chasing defenders flowing outside of the box.  This means that there will be some angry “free hitters” pursuing the play.  On a Red Line play, the ball carrier knows that he cannot cut back because he will be at risk of absorbing a blindside hit from one of the free hitters.  Any cut made must be a vertical up-cut and then he must work back out to the Red Line.

Power Read Rules


OL = Same as Power

QB = Mesh with Jet Sweep runner.  Read C gap defender for give or pull.  Run A-B-C gap if pull.

RB = Block #3 from outside to inside.  Note:  May have to sort with Inside WR.

Inside WR to the call = Block #2 from outside to inside.  Note:  May have to sort with RB. (See below)

Inside WR opposite the call = Jet Sweep runner.  Red Line rules.  Run to the landmark, then work the Red Line.

Outside WR to the call = Block #1 from outside to inside.

Outside WR opposite the call = Block Most Dangerous Man (MDM)

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  • The base landmarks he gives his jet sweep runner based on whether the play is run to the field, boundary or in the middle.
  • Why he has the running back run at the inside hip of the wide receiver to the play side in order to determine which defender he will block.
  • The rules of his unbalanced “auto give” concept, including the adjustment he will make in when defenses run their C gap defender wide.
  • The rules of his unbalanced “auto keep” concept, including the adjustment he will make when defenses are taking away the ball carrier.
  • Plus game film on these concepts.

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We have found that teaching it this way has greatly increased our productivity and confidence as we hit the edge. I hope that some of the concepts mentioned in this article will help make your Jet Sweep more productive. As always, thanks to X&O Labs for the chance to share with the football community.

Meet Coach White: Brian White enters his sixth year on the Rose-Hulman offensive coaching staff during the upcoming 2016 season. White enters his fifth year as the offensive coordinator at Rose-Hulman in 2016, and also serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach. His most recent offensive unit established five single-game individual school records, seven single-game individual team records, 12 single-season individual records, and 13 single-season team records in 2014.



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