Sunday, September 24, 2017

Air Force vs. Georgia Tech

Air Force and Georgia Tech both bring hard-to-defend option attacks into the Independence Bowl.

Air Force offense vs. Georgia Tech defense
• Falcons RB Asher Clark has the burst to turn the corner and can make the first defender miss when he gets into space. He benefits from QB Tim Jefferson and FB Nathan Walker freezing and/or drawing defenders away from him in Air Force's option-heavy attack. The hope for Georgia Tech is that the extra time spent practicing against its own similar option game will help the Yellow Jackets slow the Falcons' attack, but offensive coordinator Clay Hendrix won't make it easy. Hendrix helps spring Clark by getting blockers outside and/or putting him in motion. Instead of running triple-option with Walker he can be used as a lead blocker when Air Force wants to attack the perimeter. Hendrix will also line up two backs in front of Clark and run triple options from those sets. Finally, Clark will also line up behind the tackle or tight end and motion into the backfield to give Clark a running start when the Falcons pitch him the ball. The key for Georgia Tech will be keeping Clark contained and forcing him inside where there is help because he doesn't have the power to consistently pick up yards after contact.