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    Default Paying attention to pulling guards

    Many of us, including myself have switched positions when we played ball in high school. As a second string fullback I wasn't touching the ball in any way. So when my former head coach Phil Gary asked me to move to LG, at first I was against it. I felt as if I wasn't playing FB then just let me play my 2 Tech DT post and work my special teams routine, which was my starting positions my junior year.

    I tell offensive guards in the Wing T offense that you're a FB, just your jersey numbers are 50-79. Once they see how much fun it is to get a clean shot on somebody running the 20 Series, they fall into place and willing to forget their comfort zone. We all want our linemen to be 6 foot plus and 275 pounds plus, but our offense demand drills with discipline. An old cliché that never expires is "not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of fight in the dog.

    This day in age, you have all type of distractions, not only parents thinking their kids are better than what they are, but your players watching ESPN telling you what Mel Kiper, Jr. And Todd McShay says during recruitment and combine evaluations!! Coach Gary always told me to focus on being a good high school player and never worry about what others say and do.

    When you get involved with the Wing T, simply remember to keep reminding your guards how vital they are to the system's success. It worked for me as a player and regardless of the offensive system, I use that sales pitch to my guards.

    Always get better each day and keep the code STP (Study, Train, and Play Hard!!)

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    New Player, "I play fullback."

    Me, "Oh yeah.. we have fullbacks too, we call them guards though."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksweep View Post
    New Player, "I play fullback." Me, "Oh yeah.. we have fullbacks too, we call them guards though."
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    I think all kids that come out for football want to play. If encouraged properly they'll find a position where they can do just that...play! It's a hard reality but eventually they'll come around and if they don't they or their parents will become a cancer and you don't need that. The best linemen in HS are 6'1 and 215 and usually are athletic. They also wrestle, play baseball whatever. We made a living recruiting that type of player and when he was a senior was 6'2/245 and a strong, quick center or guard. These kids usually understood leverage and were very aggressive. We would recruit HS TE's and make them into tackles or HB's depending on their speed and quickness.

    As I said before...kids want to play. You tell them they can stay at 3rd team TE or they can possibly start at tackle. I had this talk with a young man my last 3 years at CMU. He was a TE at DeMatha in DC and I convinced him with this rationale and he moved to tackle and was all- conference and a great lineman and team captain as a senior.

    The beauty of this offense is the angle blocks, traps and sweeps. One of my best HS guards was Paul Armbruster who was 5'7 and wrestled at 138. He probably played football at 148 but was strong, quick, tough and understood leverage. You might need to walk the halls and recruit these kinds of kids. You definitely need the basketball players. They're the best athletes in the school. See my post on why Shotgun. This is also a reason. You need these guys for SE's, DB's, OLB's etc. but they don't want Double Tight and run Power. Be proactive...get the athletes out and figure how to utilize their abilities! That's coaching!

    As always write or call if I can help.

    Rich Erdelyi

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