Football Plays: How to run a fullback trap

How do you run a fullback trap out of the I-Formation.

Mike Alstott
Mike Alstott #40 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball as Gerald McBurrows #22 of the Atlanta Falcons and Ray Buchanan #34 (losing his helmet) try to strip the ball from him during the NFL game on December 8, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Gerald McBurrows #22 of the Atlanta Falcons The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 34-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Whether it's on the little league, high school, collegiate or professional level, the I-Formation is one of the more standard offensive formations in all of football. 

Featuring five offensive lineman, two receivers, a tight end, running back and fullback, the quarterback gets under with the fullback directly behind him followed by the running back. The tight end lines up outside one of the tackles while the receivers split out wide.

The formation allows the offense to run a wide variety of plays to attack near any situation in football. 

One of the more common plays out of the I-Formation? The fullback trap. Here's what exactly a trap is, along with how to run one: 

Inside Trap

The inside trap is a running play where the quarterback will take the snap, turn, and then hand the ball directly to a fullback. Upon getting the cary, the fullback will take the ball to either the left, or right side of the offensive line running between the offensive guard and offensive tackle. 

One the fullback gets the carry, theplay side guard will fire out to block the linebacker instead of the defensive lineman closest to his outside shoulder. The offensive guard on the other side of the line pivots and runs in the direction the play is designed to go and blocks the defensive lineman that the play side guard let through. This sets up the defender to be trap-blocked by the pulling strong side guard.

Other Blocking Assignments

Play Side Tackle - He blocks the defensive lineman nearest to his outside shoulder.

Center - The center fires out to block the nose tackle.

Strong Side Tackle and Tight End - They double team the defensive lineman facing the tackle. The tight end then scrapes off block and runs to block second level defender.

Receivers - The split end and slot receiver will run toward the middle of the field and look for a safety to block.

Backfield Assignments

Quarterback - After receiving the snap, the quarterback takes a quick step back with the non-play side foot. Then, he opens play side and hands off to the fullback. He will fake to the tailback, and roll out opposite play side.

Fullback - The fullback receives hand off and follows block of the pulling guard.

Tailback - He will carry out fake from quarterback and run to the spot vacated by the pulling guard.

Coaching Points

  • Make sure the quarterback takes the quick step backward before opening play side for the hand off. He must get out of the way of the pulling guard.
  • If the defensive lineman's stunt puts him on the inside of the play side guard, the guard will block him. The pulling guard must adjust and turn down field to block a linebacker.
  • Use the counter sweep to set up this play, as the linebacker read of the fullback is similar.