Breaking down Marlon Mack's historic run
By providing critical blocks on what seemed an unassuming zone run play, TE Mitchell Wilcox and WR Tyre McCants became footnotes in Bulls lore.
Their respective blocks helped spring Marlon Mack for his 49-yard touchdown run Saturday that propelled him past Andre Hall on the school's career rushing yardage list.
The rest -- the vision, the burst, the finishing speed -- was vintage Mack.
"That was a pretty impressive run," Coach Willie Taggart said.
And since it's now a key moment in Bulls history (you can see it here), we'll break it down.
Lining up on Quinton Flowers' right side, Mack took a pitch from his quarterback on what he called an inside-zone run. Almost immediately after getting the ball, Wilcox floored converging SLB Mike Tyson (Down goes Tyson).
"I saw he pancaked the guy," Flowers said. "And as soon as I looked up and saw where Mack was, Mack (juked) someone and he was gone."
That someone was Bearcats MLB Jaylyin Minor, who bit (and fell down) at the 50-yard line when Mack took a step inside before dashing outward. From there, he raced into the end zone untouched, catching a block from McCants at the 10.
"It was a big hole, a middle linebacker in there," Mack said. "I had to make a move on him and I did. I just used my speed for the rest of it. Thanks to Tyre for the block down the field."