Buck Sweep

The Buck Series Playbook.  This Playbooks are Manuals that goes into detail about the individual positions and their techniques and how to drill and practice those techniques and skills to execute the plays at a high rate.

We will begin with the ageless Buck Sweep - it has morphed in the college game with other lineman pulling like centers and tackles but the concept has changed very little.  In high school the concept continues to misdirect defenses and give you great blocking angles




The buck sweep has been around since the origin of the wing-t over 47 years ago.  Although it has evolved over time the key concepts still remain. Whether you are a spread team or a traditional wing-t team, when ran correctly, the buck sweep will create defensive conflict through deception.  When executed as designed, the buck sweep should freeze defenders, most notably the linebackers, which is where teams usually place their most dominating defenders.  
Why does this happen?  It’s simple, the buck sweep and the complementary plays ran from this series incorporates a great deal of misdirection.  When ran well, it is difficult for defenders to find the football.  When defenders struggle to find the football it causes them to play slow, allowing offensive blockers to get to them before they can attack downfield.  Misdirection also has an adverse effect on the amount of defenders who are able to pursue the football.  
Running the buck sweep and the complimentary plays allows the offense to attack any part of the defense at any time.  This causes the defense to stay discipline and play their responsibilities.  When an offense limits the amount of defenders that can pursue the football it creates one-on-one situations in the open field between tacklers and ball carriers, situations that offensive coaches strive to create.  When defenders are constantly forced to tackle your best athletes one-on-one, big plays are bound to happen, this is why you are seeing more and more of the nation’s elite programs (even spread teams) running what was once the most basic of the wing-t plays.  
The great thing about football is that it is constantly changing.  Due to the innovative minds that are present in football today, both offense and defensive playbooks continue to evolve.  Evolution of the game is a great thing, it brings excitement to the field and causes coaches to constantly evaluate the concepts that they are teaching.  Although change can be a good thing, teams need a foundation to build on.  The buck sweep scheme is system that can fulfill that need; it’s a system that has been used by both college and high school coaches for nearly 50 years.  The longevity itself is proof that this is a must in any playbook.  The buck sweep series can be utilized in any offense, with all types of personnel.  From spread to wing-t, with small athletic lineman to overpowering division one athletes, the buck sweep system provides instant offense to all levels.
Another positive to the buck sweep scheme is its difficulty to duplicate.  The buck sweep takes time and dedication to perfect, something that defensive coordinators do not have when trying to prepare on a week to week basis.  This gives offenses that run the buck sweep an advantage.  Many defensive coaches will get away from what they have tried to teach all season (their base defense) to defend this scheme, which in turn will cause even more confusion for the opposing team.  The buck sweep also has simple blocking rules, and when offensive linemen refer back to these rules, they will find that these simple rules will take care of any opposing defense.  
As we advance through the buck sweep lessons you will learn more about the complimentary plays that are ran with the buck sweep.  We will break down the blocking rules and techniques for all eleven players on the field. We will detail the many options, both pass and run, that go along with the basic concept behind the buck sweep. The lessons will assist you in off season preparation as well as week to week game planning.  Through the Twofootballs system of teaching you will find quickly how a small number of plays used with a variety of formations at an up-tempo pace can transform your offense.
  • Creates blocking angles
  • Misdirection
  • Slows Down the Defense
  • Difficult to Duplicate for Scout defenses
  • Can be used in multiple styles of offense (Spread and Wing-t)
  • Creates Defensive conflict
  • Less pursuit by defenders
  • Blocking rules take care of all defensive looks
  • Built in complementary plays that allow for balance between run and pass
  • Used from multiple formations
  • Fits all types of personnel
  • Provides Instant Offense
  • Creates one-on-one situations for ball carriers





PSG  PPT CLINIC Pull and Kick Out
Center  PPT CLINIC Reach Area Away
BSG  PPT CLINIC Pull and Wall off
BST  PPT CLINIC Back side Linebacker
PST vs. 35 Call PST will cover block the 3 technique
PST vs 15 or 25 Call PST will read down to 2 or 1 technique
PST vs. 05 Call PST will read down to 0 technique
PSG    PSG will pull and kick out force
 Center  vs 35 call  Center will block back using cover block
 Center  vs 15 or 25 call  Center will reach play side to 2 or 1 tech
 Center  vs 05 call  Center will block nose with on technique
BSG   BSG will pull and wall orff PSLB
BST   BST will block BSLB


The great thing about the Buck Sweep is that the simple blocking rules that go with this play, when executed correctly, should basically take care of any defense that opposing teams present.  In this lesson we will break down blocking assignments for all down lineman including the Tight End.


When aligned to the call, the tight end will block gap-read-down. If a defender is in the playside gap between the tight end and the tackle then the TE will block down on the man in the gap.  He can use a gap technique with his head in front or a down technique with his head behind.  When the defender is in a situation where he may get gap penetration and disrupt the pulling guards then a gap technique with the head in front must be used by the TE.
We use the term Gap-Read-Down for a reason.  If the DT (who is in the gap between the Tackle and TE) pinches down and crosses the face of the PS Tackle then the TE will read up to the PSLB.  Once again the TE will have the option of using the gap technique (if he feels that the LB poses a penetration threat) or a down technique (if the TE feels like the LB is scrapping).


                The offensive tackle to the playside will also use the gap-read-down technique.  Some coaches interpret the technique to mean that the tackle blocks the first down man that is to his side of the Center.  This may mean that the PST blocks down on the Nose.  This can be effective when you have a dominate Nose.  Most coaches interpret the rule the same as the TE.  In this case the PST will block down if there is a defender to the gap directly inside to head up on the Playside guard.  If a defender shows in that gap then the PST will use a gap technique (head in front) if the defender threatens to penetrate, or a down technique (head behind) if penetration is not a threat.
                In a situation where there is not a defender to the inside gap, and as a staff you have determined that your center can handle the Nose one on one, then the tackle will release to the second level to help with the MLB.  Once again, the tackle will determine if he should use a gap technique or a down technique when blocking the LB based on how the backer attacks the play.


                The playside guards rule is to pull and kick out the force, or kick out the first man that shows outside the wingbacks block.  His technique is to pull at 45 degrees back toward the backfield to get depth, then take another step on the same 45 degree path then flatten out on third step(at 90 degrees) then get downhill, tight off of down block and use trap tecnique.  Head inside kicking the force inside out.  


                The centers rule is reach-area-away. As a coaching staff there is some flexibility in how you interpret or teach this technique.  If facing a head up noseguard you may want to teach your center to use a fire technique.  When facing a shade the center will use a reach technique.  We like to teach our center to reach step any time we are using this rule that way he is always in the proper place to execute his rule.  If the center reach steps and no defender shows then he is still in position to block the backside defender if he shows late.  This may be something that becomes a game by game adjustment based on the opponents scheme and personnel, however if you want to keep it simple, the rule reach-area-away should take care of anything that an opposing defensive coordinator throws your way. 


The backside guard will also pull.  We teach the backside guard to pull flat to the playside guards position and then from there get about two yards in depth.  As he pulls the backside guard should be looking for the playside inside linebacker. His job is to wall off the PS ILB creating a cutback lane for the ball carrier.


The backside tackle has the responsibility of the backside B gap.  If the backside B defender is not on the LOS (LB) then the tackle will climb to the next level aiming for the inside armpit of the backside LB.  Although it will be difficult for the BSLB to make a play on the buck sweep going to the opposite direction, this is a very important block.  As we get into the options off of the buck sweep you will see that this block is as important as any other in the scheme.


 Wide Receiver and Back Rules

PSHB  PPT CLINIC Block 1st free man inside
PSTE  PPT CLINIC Gap down linebacker
BSHB  PPT CLINIC Motion (if in Wing Position), Ball Carrier
TB  PPT CLINIC Fake trap and block BS A Gap
 PSHB  vs 9 or 6 call  PSHB will cover block the 6/9 technique
 PSHB  vs 7 call  PSHB will step for TE and go vertical to block the PSLB
 PSHB  vs split side  PSHB will cover block the 5 technique
 PSTE  vs 7 call  PSTE will cover block the 7 technique
 PSTE  vs 59 call  PSTE will cover block teh 5 techniqe
 PSTE  vs 9 call  PSTE will climb vertical to PSLB
     *Unless there is a 5 technique as well
 BSHB    BSHB is ball carrier. Will 3 step motion if in wing position
 BSWR    BSWR will stalk man on or run out route
 BSTE    Cut off at POA
TB   Dive for BS foot of C, Block area
QB  PPT CLINIC QB will reverse pivot and hand off to halfback.