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May 2002

May 2002


Running From The Shotgun Formation

Middle Tennessee State University’s offense exploits holes to gain serious ground yardage against spread out defenses expecting a pass.
by: Darin Hinshaw
Running Backs Coach, Middle Tennessee State University
© May 2002

When coaches think of running the football, they generally get in two tight ends and two backs, and MASH. The personnel on the field allows you take care of blocking most defenses and when you finish drawing your play everyone, at least in theory, can be blocked. You also believe you have a bigger, as strong, or stronger blocker then the defense. Many great coaches use that theory today.

Here at Middle Tennessee State University, we use two tight ends and two backs and run the football also. We also do it another way – against all instincts with running the football. We spread the defense horizontally to create vertical seams in the running g....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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