|1-10||Shotgun H-back||Smith||Zone read stretch||4||Dorrestein, Robinson||Molk|
|2-6||Shotgun H-back||Robinson||QB draw||72-TD||Koger, Omameh, Molk, Lewan, Stonum, Robinson (3)||-|
1st and 10: Correct read by Denard as the read end stays at home. Molk doesn't really get *beaten* by the playside DT per se, but he gets pushed back enough that it forces Smith to cut upfield, which sort of sours the play. Dorrestein mashes the backside DT enough so it still gets 4 yards.
2nd and 6: Koger moves in from the H-back spot to serves as the lead blocker, and he does so superbly. Omameh crushes the DT inside and Molk erases a linebacker on the second level. Lewan
|1-10||Shotgun H-back||Smith||HB dive||4||Webb, Molk||Lewan|
|2-6||Shotgun slot left||Robinson||Zone read keeper||5||-||Robinson|
|3-1||Shotgun 2 H-back||Robinson||QB draw||27||Molk (0.5), Schilling (0.5), Webb, Lewan||-|
1st and 10: Pretty sure there's no read here as Webb peels back from H-back position to nail the unblocked end, which he does perfectly. Molk gets to the second level to take out one linebacker, but Lewan is drilled up high by the other and is badly staggered, falling backward and to the ground (!), allowing that linebacker to hold this play down.
2nd and 6: Wrong read here, the end is staying home and they have a linebacker scraping over. Luckily Denard freaks them out with a couple steps outside enough that he has room to cut back and Denard his way to 5 yards here.
3rd and 1: Smith going in motion out of the backfield causes one of Indiana's players to freak out and jump offside and then fall down. Molk and Schilling double the playside DT, while Webb and Lewan bury a DB and DE, respectively. Pretty impressive that the safety from the other side of the field was able to track Denard down downfield.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||Robinson||QB draw||2||Dorrestein, Omameh||Molk|
1st and 10: Dorrestein and Omameh have handled the DE and DT on the backside of this play, so when Denard cuts that way, there is tons of room for him...but Molk didn't get to the linebacker for some reason, and he makes the tackle. Molk got to the second level cleanly, had his eye on the linebacker...and hesitated. Not sure if he expected Omameh to drive the DT through and clean them both out or what.
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Smith||Zone read handoff||4||Robinson, Lewan||Schilling|
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Robinson||QB off tackle left||13||Molk, Schilling, Koger||-|
|2-3||Shotgun slot left||Smith||Zone read stretch||6||Robinson, Schilling, Molk, Omameh, Webb||-|
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Robinson||QB sweep left||28||Koger, Schilling, Odoms, Roundtree||-|
|1-G||Shotgun ace||Robinson||"Midline" zone read keeper||5||Robinson, Koger, Lewan||-|
|2-G||Shotgun 2 H-back||Robinson||QB draw||1||-||Omameh|
1st and 10: Correct read. Lewan easily gets inside of the backside DE and turns him away as Smith cuts up. Schilling is beaten inside by the DT and gets away with a hold. Smith falls forward for 4.
1st and 10: Both Molk and Schilling pull around here to lead the way as Koger seals the DE inside. Schilling gets popped by a linebacker but stands his ground so Denard can zip past. Molk chucks another linebacker about 5 yards downfield.
2nd and 3: Correct read again. Schilling gets a nice cutblock on the backside linebacker to prevent him from running this down down the line. Webb gets a nice push, and Omameh has locked onto Jibreel Black's older brother. Molk scoots around and shoves the safety backward. There's clutter, but enough space for Smith to pick up 6.
1st and 10: Schilling pulls this time and neutralizes a linebacker as Koger once again mashes the DE inside to give the edge. Once on the edge, Denard gets good blocks from Roundtree and Odoms, and slips inside of them to pick up an additional 15 yards or so.
1st and goal: Oh look, new stuff! This is a zone read, but instead of the entire line zone blocking one way, Koger stays on the read side to kick out the edge linebacker (which he succeeds at). This is sort of a version of the midline zone option that Jeremiah Masoli and Oregon used to eviscerate USC last Halloween. It's not quite the same, as Denard is reading the standup defensive end and not a defensive tackle. The Ducks ran this play most notably against Washington, USC and Arizona last year, with execution on the goalline resulting in Masoli walking in mostly untouched into the endzone. In this case the end crashes down on Smith and Denard correctly pulls the ball. The safety has eyed him all the way, so he has to cut back. Lewan has buried the middle linebacker, so this picks up 5. I'm excited to see this debut, and I hope it becomes a staple of our offense.
2nd and goal: Larry Black sheds Omameh and prevents a touchdown.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||Smith||Zone read dive||2||Robinson||Schilling|
1st and 10: Correct read, but Schilling gets kind of overwhelmed inside and Smith runs right into him. The guy beating Schilling and the unblocked end combine to tackle.
|1-10||Shotgun trips right||Robinson||QB blast||8||Dorrestein, Omameh||-|
|2-2||Shotgun H-back||Smith||HB dive||1||-||Webb|
1st and 10: Dorrestein kicks the end out and Omameh gets enough of the DT to push him back and create a seam. Denard hits it, goes down, and is hurt. Sigh.
2nd and 2: Tate in now, straight dive all the way, but Webb misses the block from the H-back position. Wouldn't have made a big difference, Indiana was sniffing this out all the way.
|1-10||Shotgun split slot left||Smith||Zone read stretch||56-TD||Robinson, Dorrestein, Omameh, Molk, Schilling, Stonum||-|
1st and 10: Correct read. Dorrestein kicks the DE out, Omameh and Molk execute a perfect scoop block to seal the tackle and get to the linebacker at the same time. Schilling cuts the middle linebacker to the ground with ease, Stonum picks off the safety, and Smith is gone. Poetry in motion.
|1-10||Shotgun split slot right||Smith||Zone read stretch||1||Robinson||Molk (-0.5), Schilling (-0.5)|
|3-9||Shotgun 4 WR||Robinson||QB draw||8||-||-|
1st and 10: Molk and Schilling both engage the playside DT, but get no push on him. That combined with the blitzing linebackers, and this play dies after only a yard. Another correct handoff by Denard, though.
3rd and 9: The nature of the QB draw is to give the illusion of pass blocking, so rarely are they pluses for the OL. None here. And there aren't any real errors either. This is the play that drove me mad when we ran it with Tate last year; he's almost never going to pick this up. Denard can, but doesn't here, as Indiana had men dropped in zone and were able to contain.
|1-10||Shotgun heavy||Robinson||"Midline" zone read keeper||11||Robinson, Webb||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips right||Smith||Zone read (?) handoff||2||-||-|
|2-8||Shotgun slot right||Robinson||QB off tackle right||3||Omameh||Webb|
1st and 10: Same as the last "midline" play, really. H-back Webb picks up the man blitzing off the edge while the rest of the line blocks down, and the unblocked end crashes down on Smith. Denard correctly keeps the ball and has plenty of space.
1st and 10: I can't tell what this is. There is no unblocked end to read here. Is Denard supposed to be reading the linebacker? If he is, he's not even looking at him. I'm gonna leave this one alone.
2nd and 8: Omameh pulls around and pops a linebacker, but Webb can't maintain his block on the DE. IMO Denard should stretch this out further toward the sideline to try and get the corner, but whatever.
|1-10||Shotgun heavy||Robinson||"Midline" zone read keeper||3||Robinson, Koger||Robinson|
|2-7||Shotgun heavy||Robinson||QB sweep right||0||-||Omameh, Koger|
1st and 10: More midline-type stuff. Koger steps out and blocks the outside linebacker as the end crashes down and Denard pulls the ball out...and then for some reason, despite there being a huge seam and nobody there, Denard stuttersteps and tries to bounce it outside around Koger. Sweet jesus. The worst case scenario is the safeties converge properly and hold this down to about a dozen yard gain. Jeez.
2nd and 7: Nobody bites on the fake reverse to Roundtree, and this is general crappiness. Omameh gets shoved backwards and falls, and by now Denard has been forced to stretch this out far too much. Koger's man spins off of him and tackles.
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Robinson||QB sweep left||8||Stonum, Lewan, Schilling, Molk, Omameh||-|
|2-2||Shotgun 4 WR 0 back||Robinson||QB blast||17||Schilling, Lewan, Stonum||-|
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Robinson||QB sweep left||2||Lewan||-|
|1-G||Shotgun 2 H-back||Robinson||QB sweep left||4-TD||Smith (2), Webb, Lewan||-|
1st and 10: Lewan locks onto the playside DE and drives him away, getting away with a hold at the very end. Schilling slips through to the second level easilly and erases the playside linebacker. Molk gets leveraged back by the playside DT but does a good job standing his ground and preventing his man from releasing so Denard can go by. Omameh provides obstruction, preventing the backside DT from flowing down the line unimpeded. Stonum drives the boundary corner back as well.
2nd and 2: Schilling mauls the DT inward and chucks him to the turf as Lewan gives the DE a similar mauling and gets away with another hold. Stonum with another good block downfield.
1st and 10: When I watched this play live I figured this was Rich Rodriguez's way of spiking the ball. He strikes me as a man who absolutely despises completely wasting a play with a spike, so he calls a QB sweep to the sideline that either goes out of bounds and stops the clock or possibly sees a crease for a big play. Either way, Indiana gets some decent penetration, and Lewan - for the third play in a row - holds Darius Johnson, which allows Denard to get the corner and go OOB. Johnson is fed up and flat out gives Lewan a huge shove well after Denard steps out. To hell with the as-usual incompetent Big Ten refs. Bad enough they missed what could've been holding on Lewan three straight plays. Denard was past the white on the sideline and almost to the actual bench when Johnson threw Lewan to the ground. It should've been a personal foul then, not two plays later when those mouthbreathers thought Lewan tried to step on him. Gimme a break.
1st and goal: Vincent Smith with onions again, brilliantly cutting a blitzing linebacker who had this play sniffed out all the way. Denard then follows Webb, who escorts the safety out of the way. Lewan provides the final level of protection by (possibly) once again holding Darius Johnson. Heh. He ends up burying Johnson at the goalline as Denard dives in.
- This offensive line is in much, much better shape headed into the State game than it was last year. Lewan has been a big upgrade over Huyge, Schilling is playing better, Omameh is an upgrade over Moosman, Dorrestein has been under the radar awesome, and of course, Molk is healthy and mauling as usual. This will be almost a complete 180 from what MSU saw last year in terms of a Michigan running game.
- For comparative purposes, here is last year's Indiana Run Chart: Schilling actually a little worse, Lewan comparable to Ortmann, Molk, Omameh and Dorrestein upgrades over Moosman the center (obviously), Huyge, and 2009 Dorrestein. Biggest difference (and the most underrated difference overall in the running game): the tight ends and wideouts are much, much better at blocking this year, and, of course, Denard is running this offense infinitely better than Tate did last season.