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.
To send the wedge around the i.t, a preliminary signal of "form the wedge" is given, together with the signal which is to indicate the direction of the plays, and the formation seen in the large cut is instantly made, in precisely the same manner as shown in the prceding diagram.
All the men in the wedge should have the appearance of being about to go through the center as before.
At the instant the ball comes into his hands qb whirls about, turning his back toward re, and places the ball in the hands of RH. Qb then instantly turns back and attaches himself to the side and a little behind LH, while kb, springing forward at the same moment, attaches himself in a like manner on the other side of Lh, and all three dash away together in the lines indicated, around lt.* Rh follows close within the vortex of the wedge so formed, while re runs directly in the rear of rh and pushes with all his force as they round the tackle. + Le throws his entire weight in behind lg to help hold the line back, and lt forces his man back and to the right.
Note. Lh must take great care not to leave his position until the instant that Qb and Fb reach him. The formation must be somewhat open and all endeavor to run at great speed.
Note. It must be borne in mind that the representation in the cut is diagramatieal and that in reality the guards are drawn close in by the side of center, while the tackles are shoulder to shoulder with the guards in all plays with the above wedge formation.
* See cut A. + See cut B.