I was watching some cut-ups and came across a play that Colgate ran two years ago against Lafayette. I can’t know for sure if this was designed as a read play, but it made me think about the potential that it has as a read play. In theory it would allow another hat on the edge on the sweep portion of the play, and it allows the quarterback to keep the ball inside running into a huge void if the linebacker flows to stop the sweep. The tricky part would be the rules for the tight end who is leaving the defensive end alone and blocking the linebacker. Theoretically, he would be blocking the backside linebacker as the frontside backer would be left as the player being read. He would not necessarily need to get all the way back. The frontside guard is pulling for the alley, and the backside guard is on a long trap course to the defensive end. He would be aiming to kick him out.
In the clip, the linebacker sits and the quarterback gives to the receiver in motion on the sweep.
If the linebacker flowed on sweep, he would keep and come off the down block of the tackle on the 3 technique.
Another way to block this sweep/trap read play would be to block down on the end with the TE, block to the BSLB with the tackle, and trap the 3 tech. It might clean up any confusion as to who the TE would be blocking. However, the path would be tighter for the quarterback, and the decision would have to be made quicker.
If the objective is to get a hat on a hat on the edge, and change up the Power Read fits for the defense, then this may have some potential as a constraint play. Colgate only ran it one time in the game, so it may have been exactly that for them as well.
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