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Subject: North Dakota State

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Date Posted: 15:12:00 12/11/21 Sat
In reply to: Sprint66 's message, "Building my team with a good Fullback" on 11:53:14 12/09/21 Thu

Sprint, I hope that you were able to catch at least a quick glimpse of the North Dakota State FCS quarterfinal game just now. If so, you would have seen that their bread-and-butter between-the-tackles running play was something not just out of your playbook, but actually your playbook on steroids.

The Bison had a fullback lined up right behind the quarterback. So far, so good.

Then they had a second blocking back lined up slightly to the right or left of the fullback, depending upon which way they wanted to run.

Finally, at the snap, the guard from the opposite side would pull and lead the way into the A gap.

Now, I wasn't a math major in college, but I believe that is three -- count 'em, three -- blockers following the guard and tackle into the A gap in front of the tailback, who in this case himself clocked in at 260 pounds.

So that is five players, all of whom probably run 250-270 pounds, at the point of attack, blocking for a back coming behind them at full steam and 260 pounds.

A couple of times, North Dakota State would run this same play on consecutive snaps just to say, "Here we come. What are you gonna do about it?" The announcer said that, earlier in the season, the Bison had once run it six times in a row.

You would have been left exhausted, perhaps sipping a shot of whiskey in afterglow.

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Date Posted: 23:15:41 12/11/21 Sat

While I didn't see the game, you're right I love the North Dakota State offense. I remember once playing against a wish-bone offense and it was like having a QB with three fullbacks. The QB would take the snap and we had no idea which back was going to end up with the football. Today I watched the Army vs. Navy game and I loved the athleticism of the OL's in both offenses. It was fire out and drive!

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