Frostburg State’s Gap Schemes from Multiple Personnel Groupings

Jan 23, 2017 | Offense, 12/21 Personnel Concepts, Run Game, Gap Run Concepts, Personnel

By Tye Hiatt
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Frostburg State University (MD)
Twitter: @HiattFSU


One of the 1st things we do as a coaching staff every week in our game planning sessions is find ways to effectively run the ball with a downhill attitude. We believe that we must establish the LOS every snap in order for us to have a chance at being successful. One of the scheme’s that has been very good for us has been the “Power” concept. We will find ways to run “Power” from multiple sets and personnel groupings, as well as getting our QB involved and by using our RB in the scheme to get the numbers we want in the box. Throughout the article we will show a few different ways in which we run the “Power” concept.

Base Power Concept

Here are our base rules when laying the foundation for our power scheme. Every other adjustment is made from this base foundation.

Center: Back block on the back side defensive lineman.

Play Side Guard (PSG): Double team the play side defensive lineman to the back side linebacker.

Play Side Tackle (PST): Double team the play side defensive lineman to the back side linebacker.

Back Side Guard (BSG): Pull for MLB – Must demeanor thru 2nd level

Back Side Tackle (BST): Stab & Hinge – Must control B Gap run thru!

Y: If we see a 7 technique, he will drive thru C Gap up to the 2nd level. When we get a 6 technique we will either base out the DE and use the F to double up to the play side linebacker or we will arc release the Y to the play side linebacker and the F will kick out the DE.

Q: Drive step straight back to the T and put it on his belly button. Set up at 7 YD’s depth for PA.

F: Will receive a call from the Y. Either he will kick out the DE or will double the DE to the play side linebacker.

T: 6 inch lateral step. His aiming point (AMP) is play side leg of center. We want him getting downhill as soon as possible. He gets one cut and then must get vertical!

X and Z: Read for middle of the field open (MOFO) or middle of the field closed (MOFC). Push-crack working the most dangerous man.

Blocking Coaching Points

  1. Communication on double team
  2. When we come off the double team, the man that stays on the DL drives his man back, focusing on vertical push. The man that comes off one the LB stays on his track. He will begin his demeanor when he is 1 yard away from his man.
  3. If the LB never comes, we will stay on the double team and drive him 5 yards deep.
  4. On all double teams we want to keep our off-hand free. We want to ensure that we can drive the DL off the ball but be able to get off the double team to pick up our assignment.

In these diagrams we show how we would run it against a 40 and 30 front.