Special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion
Originally Published: August 6, 2007

Athletic Journal — 1939

South Dakota

In Diagram 63, 5 brushes the defensive right tackle and diagonals across into the secondary; 6 follows 5; the center and 9 team on the right guard; 8 cuts through and takes the left backer-up; 10 takes the left defensive guard while 11 takes the left tackle; 2 comes across and takes the left defensive end; the ball is snapped to 3 who spins faking the ball to 1; 3 then, drives outside tackle; when 3 reaches the line of scrimmage, he laterals to 4 who is trailing.

In Diagram 64 we have a fake reverse. The play goes inside tackle. 5 brushes the right defensive tackle in and goes diagonally across to the secondary; 6 takes the opposing tackle; the center drives down for the safety man; 8 pulls out and mousetraps the defensive left tackle who is playing wide; 9 steps into 8’s place and takes the right defensive guard; 10 and 11 take the left defensive guard; 1 drives through for the left backer-up; 2 leads the interference; the ball is snapped to 4 who spins and fakes to 3 and then drives inside tackle.

Tennessee

The series shown in Diagrams 65, 65A and 65B have been used by several teams this year with success. The blocking assignments in Diagram 65 are: 5 blocks the defensive right tackle; 6 blocks the right guard; 7 pulls out and takes the end; 9 takes the defensive right line-backer. The ball is passed to 4 who fakes to give it to 2, then gives it to 1 who goes around the defensive right end.

In 65A, the weak-side defensive guard is let through and mousetrapped by 1; 6 blocks the defensive right tackle; 5 takes the line-backer; 7 blocks the defensive left end; 9 and 10 team on the left guard while 11 takes the left tackle. The ball is passed to 4 who fakes to 2 and hands the ball to 3 who drives straight into the line.

The play in 65B has no power and depends on deception. Five continues his assignment on the right backer-up; 6 continues to work on the right tackle; 7 takes the right guard; 9 pulls out for interference; 10 takes the guard while 11 takes the tackle; 1 takes the end who is driving in; 4 receives the ball and fakes to 2 who drives across with 3; 4 delays, holds the ball on his hip and then goes around the defensive left end; 9 leading.

Texas

In Diagram 66, 5 brushes the right tackle and goes down after the safety man; 6 pulls out and comes around inside tackle to take the left backer-up; the center hits the defensive right guard; 8 brushes the right guard and goes on over to cut off the left backer-up; 9 and 10 team on the left guard while 11 takes care of the left tackle; 1 brushes the left end and then goes down for the left halfback; 2 comes through to help 11 on the left tackle; the ball is snapped to 3 who spins and fakes to 4 and then drives inside tackle. Note the angle blocking that 6 gets on the opposing fullback.

In Diagram 67 we have a sweep that runs in sequence with 66. Five has the same task of brushing the right tackle and going down for the safety man; 6 drives across the line and diagonals across the secondary; the center again takes the opposing guard, with 8 giving the same help as in the preceding play; 9 pulls out and goes inside end to take the left backer-up; 10 takes the left guard; 11 blocks the left tackle and 1 takes the left end; the ball is again snapped to 3 who spins, tins time handing the ball to 4 who sweeps his right end after picking up 2 for interference; 3 completes the spin and hits inside tackle to carry out the fake.

In Diagram 68 we see some nice mouse-trapping by both the center and the outside tackle. Five drives into the secondary and heads for the safety man; 6 drives through, going across diagonally and takes the left backer-up; the center pulls out and mousetraps the right defensive tackle who has been permitted to advance across the line unmolested; 8 and 9 team on the left guard while 10 mousetraps the right defensive guard who has been invited in by the offensive center’s maneuver; 11 takes the left tackle; 1 cuts through the hole and blocks the shortside line-backer; 4 goes down .for the left halfback; the ball is snapped to 3 who half spins and fakes to 2; 3 then drives over his own guard; 2 continues around and is in position for a lateral.

In Diagram 69 we have a semi-spread play; 5 diagonals across the secondary; 6 pulls out to trap the defensive right end, should he venture across; the center takes the right tackle while 9 takes the right guard; 8 pulls out to help 2 protect against the onrushing left guard and tackle; 10 steps back around 11 and traps the left end; 11 and 1 both go down the field to decoy the secondary; the ball is snapped to 4 who laterals to 3; 4 continues on around his left end; 3 fades back, runs to the right and then throws a forward pass to 4.