Vols Pull Out Double Reverse

In 2013, Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian called a reverse for his slot receiver. The Vols showed this play once earlier in 2014 against Arkansas State. Against Georgia, Bajakian added a new wrinkle to the play: a double reverse.

The Vols lined up in a trey formation with tight end Daniel Helm as a wing. The play was designed for running back Jalen Hurd to take the ball and run to the left as if the play was outside zone. The offensive line would block for outside zone, but Hurd would pitch the ball back to slot receiver Pig Howard on the reverse. Split end Josh Malone would then come behind Howard and receiver a pitch on the double reverse.

This play is my favorite type of reverse. By faking the run to the left originally, the offense now has lead blockers out in front of the ball carrier. But the defense sees the secondary action of the first reverse to the right and reacts to it. Now the offense has lead blockers on the left and the defense is over pursuing to the right. A reverse is a typical playcall. Usually there is just one fake, then the ball goes in the opposite direction. Not often will the ball be faked left, faked right, then brought back left. By doing this, the offense takes advantage of the defenses aggression and gets them heavily outnumbered on the edge.

For more on this topic, Chris Brown at Smart Football wrote a great article about how this type of reverse is very effective.UGA Dbl Rev 1.1 Here, Georgia falls right into the trap. We see all of their linebackers and linemen are flowing to the right to get to Howard. The Vols linemen are all positioning themselves to block for Malone once he gets the ball and runs around the left end.UGA Dbl Rev 1.2 Malone has a ton of open space and ends up gaining 20 yards on the play.UGA Dbl Rev 1.3This is a really nice constraint to the typical slot reverse. I really like this play because of how sound it is as a concept. Even though a double reverse may seem risky, this is a solid play because the defense is so likely to overreact to the original reverse action. A play like this can catch the defense off guard and get them outnumbered on the edge and, if the offense executes, it is very effective.


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