Jordan Rodgers diagrams how a 'rogue' Jarrett Guarantano sneak should have been easy Vols TD
It’s becoming more and more clear that Jarrett Guarantano went on his own with a critical play call in the Tennessee-Alabama game, as he elected to run a quarterback sneak at the goal line, and it resulted in a fumble.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt and teammates have weighed in, but SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers has offered a clear diagram of how the play was designed from an Xs and Os standpoint, and why Guarantano’s decision turned what could have been an easy touchdown, into a turnover. Tennessee tried to make it a one-score game with 7:21 remaining.
“To be clear, this was not called a quarterback sneak,” Rodgers said in a Twitter post. “Nor does it seem that Guarantano audibled because his left guard would not be pulling away if it was a quarterback sneak.”
Rodgers said the actual play call is G Lead, a power scheme, which means the play-side (left) guard would pull out and kick out the defensive end, while the other linemen on the left side block down. The fullback would either clean up mess in the middle, or lead on a linebacker, Rodgers said.
“The way this is perfect is both of these linebackers here are inching toward the A gap,” he continued, “which plays into this down and around scheme. If Guarantano hands this ball off, it’s an absolute walk into the end zone.”
Rodgers added that it was an “absolute rogue” moment for Guarantano which cost the Vols the game and Pruitt had every right to be upset.
“Who knows what happens in the fourth quarter, maybe Tennessee makes it a game, maybe not,” Rodgers said.