“Protection go brrrr” – somebody within the scholar part that’s cooler than me
Let’s begin the enjoyable with Kei’Trel Clark making my favourite sort of play in soccer. There may be nothing higher than a nook leaping a route and taking it to the home. There’s a fast buildup whenever you see it coming after which when the nook catches the ball, it’s immediate euphoria. I’ve been ready for a nook to make a play like this for UofL for some time now and this play delivered for me.
I believed this was one other play that confirmed how Louisville has improved in relation to giving up large performs. What number of instances have we seen this play flip into an enormous play due to a missed deal with? Bryan Brown hasn’t been leaving guys on their very own almost as usually however that is Tre Clark in area and he has to make this deal with. Monty Montgomery and Yasir Abdullah would doubtless chase this down, however I believed it was vital to see this play being made when this crew struggled a lot with its tackling early within the season.
I’m unsure who bought credit score for this sack, however Mason Reiger deserves some love for beating two blocks to get house. He runs proper by the correct deal with after which pushes the working again to the facet prefer it was nothing. I’ve been essential of Mark Ivey for not recruiting or growing his guys. Reiger having to be relied on as a former walk-on was a part of my reasoning for the criticism. However this dude has proven that he has legit expertise and he has solely improved since he began getting snaps final 12 months.
Yasir Abdullah has been enjoying out of his thoughts over the past three video games and this play is such a great spotlight to indicate his get off. He simply runs proper previous the left deal with right here on a straight rush. I actually favored this play as a result of he has proven all the alternative ways he can rush the passer just lately however his pure pace actually hasn’t proven up but. It’s very apparent on this play.
As I clipped these performs it actually stood out that UofL didn’t carry plenty of guys however it was additionally good to see how usually they switched up coverages. They’re in man protection right here with two linebackers enjoying quick zone in the course of the sphere. The off protection is vital too as a result of they lined up this fashion in man and in zone. It needed to be onerous for Sam Hartman to get a learn on the coverages earlier than the snap. I believe that helped result in a few of his hesitation with the ball.
UofL has had points in every sport the place they simply don’t match up from a numbers/steadiness standpoint on protection. wake motions the working again to the left which places 4 guys on that facet of the sphere versus only one receiver on the quick facet. Three of the gamers to the left facet have exterior leverage on the 2 closest defenders. That’s simply math they usually get beat by math right here.
The protection is enjoying out of this world over the past three video games they usually had dominant performances in opposition to UCF and USF. Nevertheless, that is the kind of stuff you could repair that doesn’t rely on expertise or precise play. That is simply lining up proper and reacting to what the offense reveals you. They find yourself with greater than half of the protection on the correct facet of the preliminary level the place the ball was snapped.
Jared Dawson with an excellent go rush right here. He will get himself into an awesome spot after which he pulls out an awesome rip transfer to tug the offensive lineman off steadiness after which he will get his arms as much as knock the ball out. He actually has the lineman tackling him as he makes this play.
I’ve been so impressed by Dawson’s play this 12 months. He made the massive play final week to push the middle into the working again to arrange a TFL for Yasir. He has been constant together with his play and he joins a couple of different of the opposite rotation guys on the defensive position which have made an enormous distinction within the play of the protection.
This can be a image excellent play by Malik Cunningham and Tyler Hudson. Malik will get to the highest of his drop and reveals off nice footwork to hitch up into the pocket after which get again on steadiness to step into an enormous throw from the alternative hash to just about the numbers. It’s 12 months six so I received’t beat a lifeless horse however that is clearly what they want from him persistently.
Hudson runs a really good route right here as he throws a shoulder faux on the prime of the route after which breaks down and works his manner again to the ball simply sufficient to get some area. Malik places this up in a spot that makes it onerous for a defensive again to get to it however Hudson does his half by walling off the defender and making a powerful catch. It’s hardly ever horny, however the passing sport seems to be good when it’s on.
We’ve been ready for this kind of play from one of many working backs all season and Tiyon Evans delivered it after getting wholesome. This zone working scheme isn’t all the time simply “run left or run proper” as it’s described at instances. It’s about discovering a working lane and plenty of instances that’s a cutback lane like we see right here.
Evans does such an awesome job of “seeing it” as they are saying and he throttles down for only a second earlier than he takes off into area and runs away from everybody. It’s onerous to know if this kind of lane has been there for the opposite backs, but when the chance presents itself, they need to take benefit.
I additionally loved watching the offense line block this up as they did. Trevor Reid locks out the bottom. Caleb Chandler and Bryan Hudson push the defensive deal with again into the center linebacker. The suitable facet of the road personal their blocks and clear the whole lot out. Then you may have Hudson maintaining his man out of the play that was going the opposite course. A pleasant effort from the fellows up entrance and Evans isn’t touched.
Louisville drops eight once more on this play and the linebackers do a great job of constructing this throwing window tight but additionally squeezing in on the receiver as soon as the ball is thrown. This ball ought to have been caught however the motive why you need to be tight in protection is that you simply by no means know what can occur and also you need to be there when one thing does occur.
Monty Montgomery will get his second interception off of a tipped ball this 12 months after which he makes essentially the most of it with a lateral to Josh Minkins to return it for a close to landing. This was the second within the sport for me after I realized one thing insane was occurring. Not simply the interception however the lateral working in addition to it did. Issues have been clearly moving into Louisville’s manner and one thing particular was occurring.
After Malik’s landing run, Wake began attempting to do some issues they hadn’t completed all sport. Right here they roll Hartman out to hopefully make the throws simpler however Chandler Jones is correct there to make the play. Execution has been such an element within the enchancment of the protection the previous couple of weeks and Jones going as much as get this PBU is one thing I don’t know that we’ve seen him do for some time now. He stays calm and makes a straightforward play to slap the ball down.
We’ve seen some guys which have been enjoying very inconsistently flip it up and begin to be dependable gamers for this protection and I hope it continues.
Six-foot-seven and 300 kilos. That’s what Caleb Banks is listed at and he will get round this edge like he’s an undersized defensive finish. Banks will get into the left deal with’s pads after which he rips by means of and will get his shoulder turned. It’s lights out at that time as he makes use of his burst to shut on Hartman and get the strip sack.
This was one other four-man strain the place Louisville brings an out of doors rusher from the sphere facet and depends on the defensive finish to the quick facet to beat the left deal with. It was genuinely stunning how straightforward this was at instances for Bryan Brown. Put a man at proper finish and ensure everybody is roofed within the again finish. Hartman reacts to the strain in his face and the correct finish will get house.
Louisville scores on a trick play to go up large on the finish of the third quarter and that is the trouble their getting from one in all their veterans. Tre Clark might begin to slack off or take the simple route right here and simply play include and pressure the receiver inside after the catch. As a substitute, he fires off on the snap from seven yards away and blows up the play.
Louisville performed off protection all sport and Wake lastly tried to benefit from it by working a fast display screen. However, Clark closes on it shortly and reveals that they will play any alignment within the again finish and nonetheless make performs like this. They’ll want this kind of play in opposition to James Madison as they prefer to run a few of this fast stuff.
That is your weekly “Ben Perry Appreciation Clip”. So good to have him making this kind of play in protection on the Card place.
No want for any phrases right here aside from to level out simply how briskly Quincey Riley is shifting as soon as he will get going. He completely takes off on the 25-yard line. Additionally, Riley seems to be precisely like Teddy Bridgewater and I hope that you already know can’t unsee it identical to I can’t.