Good news for fans of power football

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Miamisburg High School offensive lineman Cody Lamb (74) has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

If you are an aficionado of power football (like me), you might feel under siege at times.

We ran just about anything during my high school career — as long as it came from Woody Hayes’ playbook.

Veer, iso, speed traps, counters, crossbucks, sweeps — we played all the hits, sometimes from the Fullhouse and others from the I.

I always saw the wing-T as a different breed, though. When we were facing one of those teams (Clinton-Massie and Blanchester come to mind), we spent the whole week practicing destroying down blocks and creating a pile so the faster guys could come clean up.  They only had a few plays, but they were effective.

The spread revolution came along right after I graduated, and the landscape has certainly changed immensely since then. The Wing-T is a survivor, though. Its believers remain steadfast, and I respect them for that.

But it got me to wondering how college coaches view the offense, which tends to produce great run blockers but doesn’t have much of a passing element.

That’s fine with Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, who signed Miamisburg stud lineman Josh Myers, a highly regarded recruit who played in the Wing-T for the Vikings.

That didn’t seem to bother Studrawa at all.

He said he would rather teach a run blocker to pass block than vice versa.


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