Let’s cut to the chase.
There’s a lot of talk this week by Georgia players about the cut blocking they expect to see Saturday by Georgia Southern running the triple-option offense.
“Our shins are probably going to be beat up from being cut,” linebacker Christian Robinson said. “These guys are experts at cutting.”
Said linebacker Amarlo Herrera: “You’ve just got to learn what to do and perfect that and just try not to get chopped.”
Cut block. Chop block.
The words are thrown around.
Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken today tried to explain the difference.
“I think there’s a lot of people who utilize cut blocking,” Monken said. “I hear that all the time. They like to call it chop blocking. Chop blocking is an illegal block. That’s where somebody is blocking high and another guy blocks low. That’s not what we teach. What we teach is cut blocking, blocking below the waist. There’s plenty of teams that do that, that block below the waist and do it very effectively. There’s a perception that there’s more of it, but I think there’s a lot of teams utilizing the cut block as a way to get defenders off their feet.”
Georgia’s offensive lineman cut block also, but not at nearly the frequency at Georgia Southern or Georgia Tech.
“It just depends on the player and the play,” center David Andrews said. “It varies from position by position, but it’s used every now and then.”
Nose guard John Jenkins, who is being projected as an NFL first-round pick, didn’t mince words.
“I really don’t like that type of offense where they’re just chopping at your knees,” he said. “When they do grab your leg and they roll up on you or hold your leg and stuff like that, that’s no fun. I think it’s cheating, but hey, I mean that’s all right.”
Jenkins said from watching film, Georgia Southern blocks legally, but said he doesn’t think the play should be legal.
“Sometimes the referee’s don’t even see it, but it’s a high-low,” Jenkins said. “If I’m engaging with the center and the guard comes down and hits me, that’s illegal.”
Jenkins said he gets cut blocked in games, but not like he will against the triple option.
“The thing of it is, down linemen get cut all year long,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It’s not that different as much as it is for the guys on the perimeter. It is somewhat different, and I’m not going to say that it’s not, but there’s probably more of it, but they do get cut.”
Said Jenkins: “This team perfects the art of cutting. They chopped Alabama in half last year. …It’s one thing when you’re in high school, but when you’re at the college level, that’s people’s lievelihood.”
Jenkins said he didn’t know if he was insured to protect his future earnings in case of a career-ending injury.
Asked if he would check on that this week.
“Yeah, I am,” Jenkins said laughing.
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