The Buck Series in the Wing-T Offense is a fantastic series for attacking opponents. Wing-T coaches are able to isolate one player and make his life miserable.
The Buck Series uses just four plays (though you can certainly add more). Here we will focus on the running game, with the Buck Sweep, the Gut and the Inside Trap play.
Additionally, we will have one Play-Action passing play off of the Buck Series.
The beauty of series football is that the blocking up front follows simple rules that your Offensive Line can apply to any defensive front. Meanwhile, the backfield action hardly changes from play to play, giving the defense the same picture for four different plays.
The Buck Sweep
The first play in our series is the Buck Sweep. In simple Wing-T playcalling, this will be the 121 play. The first number tells us we will use the 100 Formation. The next number, 2, is the Buck Series. All Buck Series plays use the same backfield action. The last number, 1, tells us we are going outside to the right – the hole we are attacking.
The same play to the other side would be the 929 play.
Wing-T Buck SweepThe Buck Sweep involves a kick-out by the front side guard on the force player, while the back side guard rolls the hole. The playside linemen use their Gap-Down-Backer rules.
The Fullback runs a Trap path, to hold the Inside Linebackers.
The left halfback is taking the ball and replacing the feet of the Fullback. As he gets to the edge he is cutting up field. The Buck Sweep is not a wide sweep play. It needs to come underneath the block of the Guard.
The Buck Trap
The Buck Trap is the next play we will work in the series. This play is known as the 124 Buck Trap.
Buck series Trap
On the inside trap play we are using the back side guard to pull and kick the first player outside of the A Gap on the play side. We should be able to get a double team on a head up nose guard, then work to the Linebacker.
The key teaching point for the back is to follow the guard and cut up off the block of the Center. If the Nose Guard were to press over top to the direction of the trap block, the RB should be able to cut off of him and take the play for positive yardage to the other side.
If the Inside Linebackers are flowing hard to the Buck Sweep, the Inside Trap should be open for big gains up the middle.
The Gut Play
The Gut play, or 122 Gut, gives a variation on the blocking scheme while still using the same backfield action. The Gut Trap will look very similar to the Buck Sweep.
122 Gut from Buck series
Gut blocking involves the Guard pulling around a down block by the Tackle and turning up to a Linebacker. The initial action of the play is the same as you would see in the Buck Sweep.
To make the Buck Series as effective as possible, we should be able to throw the ball off of a similar action. The Quarterback needs to carry out his fakes at all times in order to make the Buck Series Waggle a devastating play.
By being able to throw the ball off of your Buck Series, you will keep the secondary from closing up too tight on your running plays.
Play Action off the Wing-T Buck Series
The 121 Waggle gives a different look from the Offensive Line to protect for the QB boot action, but the backfield action is going to look the same.
The Quarterback needs to come out of his fake looking for the reaction of the Free Safety. If the Safety is in the Middle of the Field, he will have the option to throw the fly route to the #1 receiver, hit the flat route to the back, or run the ball if both receivers are covered.
The Wing-T Buck Series is just one example of series football in the Wing-T, and how you can confuse your opponent with this devastating offensive philosophy.