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.