Special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion
Originally Published: February 11th, 2008

Athletic Journal — 1939

Kentucky

Diagram 91 is a double reverse inside the weak-side tackle with a trap on the tackle. Five goes to his left and blocks the opposing end; 6 and the center team on the defensive right guard; 8 pulls out and mousetraps the right tackle; 9 takes the left guard; 10 helps 9 by brushing the left guard, then drives for the strong-side backer-up; 11 brushes the left tackle, then diagonals across the secondary for the defensive right halfback; 2 drives through for the weak-side backer-up; the ball is passed to 3 who gives it to 4 who in turn gives it to 1; 3 then helps 8 with the right tackle; 4 protects from the right side.

Diagram 92 is a double reverse to the strong side. Five brushes the right tackle and drives for the safety man; 6 blocks the right guard; the center helps 6 with the right guard, then goes for the weak-side backer-up; 8 pulls out and leads the interference around the end assigned to blocking out the left halfback; 9 and 10 team on the left guard; 11 blocks the defensive left tackle; 3 comes across for the left end; the ball is passed to 2 who charges forward, then hands the ball to 1 who, in turn, gives it to 4 who runs wide around the end; 2 cuts through for the strong-side backer-up.

Michigan

Diagram 93 is a pass play from the Notre Dame formation. Five runs at the right halfback, then cuts outside of him; 6 blocks the defensive right guard; 7 traps the right tackle with a nice angle block; the center and 10 team on the left guard; 9 traps the left tackle; 11 drives for the left halfback, then cuts outside of him; 1 crosses behind 11 and goes down the middle of the field; 2 comes back to protect against the defensive left end; the ball is snapped to 3 who spins and hands it to 4; 3 protects 4 from the defensive right end; 4 fades back and passes to either 1 or 11.

New Hampshire

Diagram 94 is a pass play. Five runs to his right then cuts behind the defensive left halfback; G steps back then hits the right tackle; the center and 8 team on the right guard; 9 pulls out and blocks the defensive right end; 10 takes the defensive left guard; 11 goes down cutting inside the left halfback; 1 goes down, bears to his right, and cuts sharply to his left, running parallel to the line of scrimmage; 2 blocks the left tackle; 4 comes across to protect the passer from the defensive left end; the ball is snapped to 3 who fades and passes to 1.

Diagram 95 is a reverse pass that works well as a side-line pass. Five runs in front of the safety man to draw him out of the play; 6 takes the defensive right tackle; the center pulls out and takes the defensive right end; 8 and 9 take the two guards; 10 blocks the left tackle; 11 runs straight at the left halfback and then cuts across the secondary; 2 comes down and blocks the defensive left end; 4 goes out beyond the defensive right halfback; the ball is snapped to 3 who runs forward, gives it to 1 who comes back as in a deep reverse and then shoots a pass to either 11 or 4; after handing the ball to 1, 3 helps 10 with the left tackle.

Diagram 96 is a fake punt play. The two ends 5 and 11 go CIOUTI with the snap of the ball and then cut back to take out the two halfbacks; the linemen let the defensive linemen sift through; the ball is snapped to 3 who fakes a kick and shoots a pass to 2 who has moved up in position a yard back of the center; when 2 receives the pass he shouts “go” and the linemen block; 6 and 7 on the right-side backer-up, 9 and 10 on the left line-backer; 1 and 4 go down to help their two ends with the halfbacks; the center drives for the safety man.

Maryland

In Diagram 97 we have an end run from the single wing. Five goes down for the safety man; 6 and 8 pull out of the line to form interference, 8 driving for the strong-side backer-up; the center takes the right guard; 9 goes through for the weak-side backer-up; 10 and 11 take the left guard and tackle; 1 takes the defensive left end; 2 and 3 join the two guards in forming the interference; the ball is snapped to 4 who runs wide before cutting behind his interference.

Diagram 98 is a screen pass from the double-wing formation. Five checks the right tackle then goes down as though expecting a pass; 6 pulls out and comes around driving for the strong-side backer-up; S pulls out and blocks the left end out; the center takes the right guard; 9 and 10 team on the left guard; 11 and 1 team on the left tackle blocking him in; 3 leads the play; the ball is snapped to 2 who fades several steps and shovel-passes to 4 who goes off tackle.

Montana

In Diagram 99 we have a pass play from an unbalanced line and a short punt set-up in the backfield. Five cheeks the right halfback, then diagonals across the secondary; 11 brushes the left halfback and turns to his right; 6 blocks the right tackle; 8 pulls out of the line to take the right end; the center takes the right guard; 10 takes the left guard; 9 pulls out to stop the left end as 3 moves up to stop the left tackle; 1 runs into the flat on his side; 2 counts two, then goes outside tackle and veers into the flat zone for a pass from 4 who has faded back after receiving the snap from center.

New Mexico

In Diagram 100 we have a run from a spread formation with a balanced line. Five goes for the line-backer on the right .side; 6 goes down for the safety; the center takes the defensive right guard; 10 takes the defensive left guard; 11 and 3 team on the left tackle; 1 brushes the left end and goes for the backer-up; 2 blocks out the end; 7 and 9 pull out and lead the interference; the ball is snapped to 4 who follows his interference outside tackle.