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Defending the Y-Off Formation With the 4-2-5

Aug 17, 2019 | Front, Even Front Structures, Defense

By Mike Kuchar
Senior Research Manager
X&O Labs
Twitter: @MikekKuchar

Editor’s Note: The following research was part of X&O Labs special report on “Linebacker Fits in the 4-2-5 Defense.” Scroll down to see how you can get a free copy of X&O Labs’ best-selling book, “The 4-2-5 Defense Study”, mailed directly to your home or school.

 

Introduction:

bucknellBucknell University prides itself on stopping the run. In fact, they have been in the top ten in total defense at the FCS level the last four years in a row. Operating out of a 4-2-5 structure, the Bison rely on the pre and post snap movement of the Y to dictate where its linebacker fit in run game. Mike Kuchar sat down with Linebacker Coach Brad Fordyce to talk about how he fits common one back run concepts such a Zone Read and Power Read.