This section is from the book "A Scientific And Practical Treatise On American Football For Schools And Colleges", by A. Alonzo Stagg, Henry L. Williams. Don't miss: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.
The wedge in the line is formed at the given signal as shown in diagram thirty-eight. The men are closely drawn into a compact formation, so that the opposing side cannot see what goes on within the wedge.
The moment the ball is snapped qb slips it under the left arm of re or rt, who receives it quietly, without making the slightest demonstration that the ball has been passed to him, and stands still in his position, bent over somewhat in the act of pushing, while the rest of the wedge plunges forward. As soon as qb has passed the ball to re he instantly starts back from out the wedge, seizing Fb by the arm as he goes. Rh leaves his position at the same moment, and all three dash off to the left together, as shown in cut A, swinging in a long circle back from the line to attract attention and to give the opposing team more time to cut across the field in order to intercept them. As they pass into view lh and le leave the wedge in the lines indicated, as if to block for them.
The opposing side at once supposes that the wedge has been simply a blind to permit the run around the end, and the entire team dash off to intercept FB, whom they suppose to have the ball. When fb and his interferers have arrived at about x in the lines indicated, re darts out to the right unobserved.
Note. This play can be worked most successfully after sending the wedge straight ahead for several downs.