WEDGE

What is WEDGE?

WEDGE meaning a) offensive play in which three offensive linemen block the same defensive lineman and all other interior linemen, backs, and tight ends assist in a lower-to-the-ground version of the famous photo of the Marines raising the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in World War II; could be called “student body forward;” ball-carrying running back follows the wedge and hesitates somewhat to allow the wedge to get moving then looks for an opening to explode through; often run as a misdirection play by single-wing coaches who send the tailback on a fake sweep path as part of the play, often gains surprisingly long yardage; harder to coach than it sounds b) kick return play in which a number of blockers form a wall in front of the returner then simultaneously charge forward on command as he runs behind them; modern version of the now-illegal flying wedge in which the blockers interlocked their arms while charging forward; the flying wedge was outlawed because it literally killed defenders

 

reference: John T. Reed: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL TERMS