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January 1998

January 1998


Youngstown's 'Dave' Play

by: Jim Tressel
Head Coach
by: John Klacik
Offensive Coordinator
© January 1998

Over the past 12 years, fans and opponents of Youngstown State have come to understand that Penguin Football is tailback football. Our "Dave" play is one that can average four-plus yards on any down and can consistently gain the yardage needed for a first down when facing a short yardage or goal line situation.

During our championship years, we have called this play over 220 times a season. Because of its use and the nature of our offense, we must prepare two tailbacks while a third awaits in the wings. All sizes and types of tailbacks have successfully played the position. The key to their success as a ball carrier is their practice habits. They must allow their blockers to do their jobs. The tailback cannot rush the play.


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In simple terms, the blocking scheme is a down scheme. The tight end (TE....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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