Dirty Work Wednesday: The Timeless Battle of Fullback vs. Linebacker Yet Again

It’s once again time for our annual homage to the men who perform the dirty work, then shower, put on their denim, crack open a Schlitz and watch the skill guys leave with all the chicks. It’s Dirty Work Wednesday, syrup shots for pancakes boys. We’ve got four beauts.

Smart Guys Working Together

Let’s start with Rice, doing Rice stuff, aka fullback’s leading and clearing roads. We introduce you yet again to UCLA transfer and Roundup man-crush Giovanni Gentossi getting into the chest cavity of a Southern Miss safety.

Notice how the Rice guard gets all blow'd up, allowing the defensive lineman to get leverage and into his chest. But Sam Pierce executes a great kick out block and Gentossi leads through, erasing the filling safety and clearing the way for Emmanuel Esukpa to get a first down.

Tech Leads

Let’s head to Stillwater for our next installment. Who would’ve thought that Texas Tech would deploy a lead blocking element? Allow us to introduce you to Connor Killian, a fullback on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Never say Kliff isn't open to new ideas. Here's Killian cleaning up a mess.

Receiver T.J. Vasher comes down to crack the last man on the line of scrimmage, Killian is supposed to lead on the first player to show outside the crack back. Vasher however, whiffs on the crack and the end man gets free. Killian then executes an excellent stalk block lead, keeping his hands inside the frame, keeps his legs moving, and clearing the lane for the score.

Breaking up a swing pass

Who says little guys can’t do dirty work? Mean Green safety Taylor Robinson proves they can. Here he is against Liberty, defending against a swing pass. We hate these bubble, swing pass derivatives. They’re designed to attack the edges and eliminate the big boys from the game. It’s seven on seven with a little contact unless a guy like Taylor Robinson destroys the play from the start.

That’s exactly what Robinson does.

This tackle for loss is the bye product of excellent preparation and film study by Robinson. He gets a visual key, in this case, a formation, a motion package, and a tendency, and Robinson takes the initiative, gets on his horse and blows it up.

Notice how the receiver who’s planning on blocking the corner, sees Robinson and freaks right the hell out. By then it’s too late.

Rhino vs. Rhino

This last clip is not for the faint of heart, so parental discretion is advised.

  • If you’re unironically on your local quidditch team, this clip isn’t for you.

  • If you’re a male and you’ve ever needed to take a sweater to a movie theater because you might get chilly, this is probably too much for you.

  • If you can’t stomach most of what goes on on Nat Geo or the Discovery Channel, these 40 seconds aren’t your cup of tea.

  • If you refer to soccer as football, take a hard pass.

This is a rhino vs. a rhino. Ali vs. Ali. Two sledgehammers swinging at each other. Halen Steward vs. Bryan London. Brace yourselves.

This brief, violent encounter is what makes football the greatest sport on the planet. Two guys fighting over territory, sacrificing for the betterment of their teams, giving of themselves.

Notice by the way how the UTSA tackle drops his head and misses EVERYONE. The lesson here is where if you lose your base and drop your head you’ll get a wonderful look at the stars, or in this case the ceiling of the Alamodome.

That miss opens the door for Ish Davis to penetrate and make the play. Steward goes to lead, London steps into fill and force D.J. Daniels to change his path and bounce on a short yardage down. The collision between London and Steward is glorious.

Anyone else need a cigarette?

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