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Holding Is the New Blocking

Nick Chubb touchdown run – G-Day
Nick Chubb touchdown run – G-Day
[su_spacer size=”20″] It’s never holding if your team does it, right?
[su_spacer size=”10″] I find it hard to define holding these days. It seems that if an offensive lineman does not have a defensive player in a full embrace or refrains from dragging him down by the shirttail, there is no holding. Then there is the call on Brandon Kublanow in last year’s South Carolina game…
[su_spacer size=”40″] Have a look at the Vine below of Nick Chubb’s TD run on G-Day. Pay close attention to the left offensive tackle Greg Pyke (#73) and his “block” on the defensive tackle (#59 Jordan Jenkins, I think. The number is hard for me to make out.).
[su_spacer size=”40″] The defensive player (I will call him Jenkins) comes off the line with a strong bullrush and forces Pyke to retreat. Of course, Pyke knows that his is a pivotal block and if he fails the the play will likely result in a loss. Pyke does the only thing that he can once Jenkins gets the advantage. He hooks his right hand behind Jenkins shoulder pad and pulls Jenkins toward him.
[su_spacer size=”40″] You can clearly see Jenkins reaction. He swims his right arm (forearm) over to break Pyke’s hold and, possibly, his jaw, but it is too late. Touchdown Chubb!
[su_spacer size=”20″] Nick Chubb TD run #GDay15

[su_spacer size=”20″] Watch the blocks of the other offensive lineman on this play, particularly that of Isaiah Wynn (#77) and the right guard who breaks Chubb into the secondary by blocking Tim Kimbrough (#42).
[su_spacer size=”40″] Nice play. Good run. All perfectly legal. I guess.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.