NCAA Football=57 Days — The Evolving Fullback


An excellent piece at SB Nation Football Study Hall, The run game renaissance and the return of the fullback.

In the midst of the spread-option revolution that’s currently taking place, the fullback is again finding a role as the tactics of spacing out defenders and then out-flanking them has begun to find uses for players that can function as powerful bludgeons.

Having watched football formations evolve for over fifty years now and memories of some true tough guys that played fullback, it always amazed me that too often that position was schematically abandoned or minimized. In fact, for the past several years the All-American voting hasn’t even included the fullback position. I’m glad the author of the piece has recognized the position and acknowledged how vital it is to an offense.

OU Coach Stoops has always had a fullback in his backfield from J.D. Runnels in the early 2000’s, to the three they have employed for the past few years…Bird, Ripkowski and of course current fan favorite Trey Millard.

Who knows, with all the “evolving” that takes place in football, we may yet return to leather helmets and Split T formations in our lifetimes.

9 Responses

  1. I’m ready! You ready?

  2. I don’t know what to expect from either team, what experience they lost from last year. I do know you have to score points to beat them, though.
    If the Dogs can run the ball, eat clock and score then they have a solid chance.
    Some are saying OSU is one of the favorites to win the Big 12, I just don’t see it. Until they show they can stop the run and not give up huge gash plays, I won’t believe they are that good. There defense sucked last year and the year before when they had their best season ever at 11-1, they were 104th in the nation. What they do is score points, that’s all they’ve got.
    I don’t know about odds and points, but I do know what my eyes tell me. They were 8-5 last year and their lowest score was a 44-30 loss to K State, a tough disciplined running team that doesn’t turn the ball over. Their worst loss was to Arizona, who lit them up for 59 points. In that game Zona’s star running back made his debut and OSU’s lack of discipline appeared, with 15 penalties for something like 160 yards.
    Their special teams? They have special needs.

  3. If “I’m A Man” Gundy wants to beat OU, he will have to go to another school, like Jimmy Johnson did going to Miami and of course Les “let er rip” Miles.

    (*OU 52 OSU 9*)

  4. This is funny, 6’2″ 260lb. fullback Trey Millard is working on his leaping ability in the off season.

  5. Nuke, y’all need to light a fire under some of your fans to make more videos and download them on utube.

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