isdirection is a small part ofNebraska’s offensive attack, but canbe very effective. We run several countersfrom a variety of formations.If we play against a team that reducestheir defense to the split end side of a for-mation, we will try to attack that side withcounters.We do different things with the fullbackto gain an extra blocker on some of ourcounters. If we run the counter trap to asplit end side we can use the fullback toblock an extra defensive back. We can usethe fullback from his regular five yardsdeep alignment, we can offset him, or puthim in short motion.The word trap signifies climbing into theline of scrimmage by the pulling lineman.Counter trap is a play that we are trying toforce under the defensive end. After the ballcarrier takes a delayed counter step, he exitstoward the guard-tackle seam. If we run theplay to the tight end side, we normally havethe fullback seal backside on the play.Aplay similar in action to the countertrap is the fullback lead. Again, if we run toa reduced split end side, the fullback isresponsible for the end man on the line ofscrimmage.We either offset him or short motion himto insure he is in position to block thedefensive end. On the lead play, only thebackside guard is pulling.The pulling guard will be responsible forthe frontside linebacker when the play isrun to the split end side. If we run the playto a tight end side vs. a 4-3 defense, thepulling guard has the middle linebacker.The tight end blocks the defensive end ifthe playside tackle is uncovered and thefullback will block the playside linebacker.We also have a play that we show simi-lar action on, but try to make it an outsideplay. We call it counter sweep lead.Again, if we run it to a split end sidereduced defense, the fullback will load orhook the defensive end. We try to give that
• • • •Milt TenopirOffensive CoordinatorUniversity of NebraskaLincoln,Neb.
Nebraska’s Counter Game
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