Jeff Shinn served as the starting fullback for the first University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team in 1998. He went on to coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, as the Cru’s offensive coordinator before he took over as offensive coordinator of Smithson Valley (Texas) High School. At UMHB, the team’s offensive philosophy boiled down to running the ball down the other team’s throat, as head coach Pete Fredenburg believes this is the best way to break an opponent’s spirit. Here are two successful running plays from the Cru’s playbook that define their rushing attack. The first is 46-47 Power, which Shinn described as, “a staple in our offense since year one of the program and our most physical run play.” The second is 30-31 ROC, which is a zone read option with a cruise or as Shinn says, “basically a triple option.”
Rushing Attack #1: 46-47 Power
The offensive line gap blocks. Kick out the man on the end of the line of scrimmage and pull the backside guard to block the front-side linebacker. The running back runs straight downhill behind the guard’s kick-out block on the LB.
Rushing Attack #2: 30-31 ROC
The offensive line inside zone blocks. The cruiser loads the backside LB. The running back meshes with the quarterback on an inside-zone path while the QB reads the backside defensive end for a give or pull. If the QB gives it to the RB, the RB runs the inside zone. If the QB pulls back the ball, he attacks the force player and keeps it, or pitches it to the pitch back.