By Mike Kuchar Senior Research Manager X&O Labs
Since over half of the country is knee-deep in two-a-days this time of year, X&O Labs didn’t want to produce a long drawn out report. We know how precious your time is during the start of the season. Instead, we wanted to produce a quick tutorial on the pin and pull scheme, particularly the practice drills needed to incorporate the scheme. Commonly referred to as an outside zone/perimeter concept, the pin and pull play has been used by major programs across the country. It’s a variant of the outside zone scheme, but instead of combination blocks at the point of attack, teams will man block the scheme. The premise is for any uncovered lineman to pull while any covered lineman will block down.
Instead of putting together an entire report on the scheme (we’ve done that with our outside zone report) we wanted to give you a couple drills that you can use to incorporate the individual blocks into your routine. It’s already the end of August, and chances are you have your offensive package installed already. So instead, we’ve decided to showcase the drills of two of the best college programs that run it: Wake Forest and Big Ten Champion, Wisconsin Badgers.
Because this research report is all on video, there isn’t a ton of copy, facts or figures tied into our material. Instead, we’re providing you with what we all know is important…video. This way you can see for yourself how these major college programs drill their players to execute the pin and pull scheme. But before we show our offensive line drill tapes, we did want to provide an overview of the pin and pull scheme. Below is a PowerPoint video presentation on exactly how Wisconsin and Wake Forest teach the pin and pull concept.