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Whiteboard Wednesday: Basics of Norvell’s running scheme

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How to recognize various running concepts in Norvell’s offense

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Originally published Apr. 2020

It is no secret that the biggest weakness of Florida State’s team has been their offensive line. Without Cam Akers, it’s hard to imagine the running game having any success over the past few years and that’s with one of the better offensive line coaches in the country.

Needless to say Mike Norvell has an uphill battle ahead of him.

The good news is that Norvell seems to know what he’s doing. His teams in Memphis showed mastery in several different running concepts. Using both gap and zone schemes, his 2018 team rushed for 280 yards per game which was 4th in the country.

In this video, I’ll walk you through these concepts and how you can recognize them yourself on tape.

Mike Norvell has a long road ahead of him when it comes to getting this offense back on track. While nothing he does is revolutionary when it comes to the running game, he has a broad arsenal of running concepts at his disposal that he knows how to execute well.