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Film Study: Comparing the carries of the Oklahoma State running backs against TCU

by Gina Mizell Modified: October 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm •  Published: October 25, 2013

Film study returns this week with a closer look at one of the biggest offensive storylines to come out of Oklahoma State’s win against TCU–the emergence of Rennie Childs. The true freshman tallied a team-high 45 yards and a touchdown on nine second-half attempts. He may have earned some more playing time with that performance.

How did his carries directly compare to Jeremy Smith’s and Desmond Roland’s? Glad you asked.

And this Film Study also includes…actual film! Excuse the iPhone filming a computer. I’ll get a better handle on this technology stuff in the coming weeks.

Jeremy Smith

First quarter

Second and 6 from own 29 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the left for a loss of two yards.
What happened: Smith tries to find a hole in the left side of the line, but defensive tackle Chucky Hunter comes from the right side into the backfield and gets Smith in the backfield. Chris Grisbhy did not block Hunter on the play.

Second and 5 from own 41 (only back, Josh Stewart goes in motion)
Result: Straight handoff up middle for a gain of one.
What happened: Grisbhy was beat by his man again on the play, but end Jon Koontz got the tackle when no one was there to block him.

First and 10 from own 6 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff up middle for a gain of one yard.
What happened: Smith ran into a pile in the middle of the field. He had absolutely nowhere to go.

Second quarter

First and 10 at TCU 16 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the right for a gain of six yards.
What happened: This was perhaps Smith’s best run of the day, not just because of his production but because of the blocking. With Smith heading toward the right side of the line, tackle Brandon Garrett got out on the end to help open the hole, while receivers John Goodlett and Stewart also provided solid outside blocks.

First and 10 own 39 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the left side for a loss of one yard.
What happened: This was a slow-developing play. Center Jake Jenkins did not hold his block on Davion Pierson, who made the tackle.

First and 10 TCU 17 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the right side for a gain of 1
What happened: Left guard Brandon Webb whiffed on his block on Hunter, who got to Smith. Linebacker Paul Dawson, end James McFarland and linebacker Jonathan Anderson were also in the vicinity.

Fourth and 1 at TCU 17 (trey formation with Kye Staley and Teddy Johnson)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for a loss of two yards.
What happened: Cornerback Jason Verrett comes untouched to stop Smith in the backfield. No one blocked him, as Johnson instead went after safety Chris Hackett. Jenkins was also blown up on the play, which makes it look like even if Verrett hadn’t made the play, someone in the trenches would have before Smith picked up the first down.

First and 10 from TCU 15 (two-back set with Staley)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for a gain of one yard.
What happened: Staley had to choose whether to block Koontz or Dawson. He chose Koontz, leaving Dawson free to make the tackle.

Third and 6 from TCU 16 (only back)
Result: Sraight handoff up the middle for a gain of one yard.
What happened: This was about getting the ball in the middle of the field for a Ben Grogan field goal attempt just before the half.

Third quarter

First and 10 from own 12 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for a loss of three yards.
What happened: Hunter came untouched on the play to meet Smith in the backfield after Graham went to block the linebacker on the play.

Second and 10 from own 22 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the left side for a gain of five yards.
What happened: Smith is finally able to turn the corner and turn on the jets and get into some open space here. Of course, then Smith gets up and limps off the field, opening the door for Childs to get his carries. Tracy Moore had a solid block on the play.

Third and 1 from the TCU 21 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for five yards, fumble
What happened: Again, Smith finally has some daylight to run. He squirts through the hole on the right side — which was largely opened by Graham — and gets a first down, but then fumbles. Smith does not carry the ball again.

Rennie Childs

Third quarter

First and 10 from own 35 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for a gain of one yard.
What happened: The end came untouched for the tackle because Daniel Koenig went inside to block a tackle.

Second and 9 from own 31 (only back, then goes in motion)
Result: Childs catches a swing pass and gains 34 yards.
What happened: Not a carry, but had to include this because it was such a big play. This was a really fluid pass play, with Childs catching on the run, breaking a tackle and quickly getting up the field. Receiver Brandon Sheperd also had a helpful block on the play.


Second and 10 from TCU 30 (only back)

Result: Straight handoff to the right side for a gain of nine.
What happened: Childs got help from solid blocks from Brandon Garrett, Tracy Moore and Josh Stewart, allowing him to burst through the hole. He then lowered his shoulder to get that final yard or two.

Fourth quarter

First and 10 own 33 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the right side for a gain of 16.
What happened: This is where Childs shows a lot of his skills. He again breaks a tackle near the line of scrimmage, gets upfield and then drags two more Horned Frogs to pick up a couple extra yards. The blocking was solid up front, while Moore and Jhajuan Seales had the downfield blocks to assist Childs.

First and 10 from own 49
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for a gain of six yards.
What happened: This is the very next play, and shows Childs’ vision and power. With the linemen all going left, Childs cuts back and finds a hole between Jenkins and Graham. He keeps churning his legs for more yards. Solid blocking up front here, as well.

Second and 4 from TCU 45 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to right side for a loss of three
What happened: Another somewhat slow-developing play. 67 got past Garrett to drop Childs in the backfield.

First and 10 from TCU 48 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to right side for a gain of four
What happened: Childs goes outside again, and this time Garrett holds his block on Koontz. Jenkins and Graham also helped open the hole.

First and goal from the TCU 7 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the right for a gain of seven yards and a touchdown
What happened: Childs again shows an ability to make the first guy miss, then bursts through the hole for the score.

Desmond Roland

First quarter

First and 10 from own 33 (only back, Stewart in motion)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for a loss of three yards.
What happened: Graham was beat by Davion Pierson on the play, and Dawson came through the gap to make the tackle for loss.

Second quarter

Second and goal from the 3 (trey formation with Staley and Johnson)
Result: Straight handoff up the middle for the easy touchdown.
What happened: This is the first time we say the trey on the day. Roland followed Smith, while Johnson came from the right to the left to provide another block to help Roland get into the end zone.

Second and 17 from the TCU 27 (only back)
Result: Straight handoff to the left side for a gain of 11 yards.
What happened: Roland gets through the hole between the guard and tackle, breaks the first tackle and gets to the second level of the defense for the solid gain.

What this tells us:

Smith has been (rightly) criticized this season for doing too much dancing behind the line of scrimmage, rather than using a one-cut-and-go philosophy. But that wasn’t the case in this game. Smith simply had nowhere to go on most carries, as the TCU front seven overpowered or outsmarted the OSU offensive line or got into the right gap to make the play.

Childs sure passes the eye test, doesn’t he? Again, the two best qualities he showed Saturday were the ability to make the first guy miss and his burst through the hole. He’s also smooth in the receiving game, a real weapon the Cowboys had with Joseph Randle and something they’ve been missing this season.

There were very few trey or two-back looks. It would seem like having an extra blocker in there would help, but Jeremy Seaton did not play against TCU and Kye Staley is still coming off a foot injury.

The offensive line clearly seemed to progress as the game went along. Maybe TCU’s defense wore down a bit. Maybe that group — which had to abruptly throw Garrett in the mix because Grisbhy left after the first series due to illness — started to gel. Probably a bit of both. But two of Smith’s better carries were his last two. Childs got the bulk of work during the fourth quarter. Again, Childs sure looks like he’s earned the right for more carries, but maybe the timing of his carries skews the comparison between his and Smith’s production a bit.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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