I don’t think it’s a secret anymore that I love pulling offensive linemen. There may be nothing better in football than a guard coming down the line of scrimmage and burying a 185lb cornerback. When done properly, pulling plays send a message to perimeter defenders that they’re going to have to man up for 60 minutes or simply be overwhelmed by force.
As I kind of hinted in the season opening piece, the Arkansas State game showed Nebraska is back to pulling linemen in 2017 after a short hiatus the year before. One of Langsdorf and Riley’s “identity” runs (I hate it, but the coaches use it so we’ll go with it) has been Counter OH. Corn Nation did a great job breaking down the core Counter play, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. Instead, today for Concept Wednesday I’ll take a look at a couple derivatives of Counter that Nebraska uses to protect its core Counter play.