I'm sure they will take their shots, particularly off play-action. But you can use these type of plays far more frequently.
It's a question of trade-offs. Who would you have rather had with the ball in his hands last year then Braxton Miller or Hyde?
Great analysis by all. As people said, it by design. The crack back block is made possible by the split back look. Normally the Y arc releases and blocks the first defender to show in the alley. But because that responsibility is given to Hyde, Heuerman can crack back.
The play is set up for Miller to ideally keep and create the vertical alley.
Good catch. He's reading the outside linebacker because IU is running a front side scrape exchange to try and defend the play. The DE and OLB trade responsibilities to try and confuse the read.
As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, playing press man coverage does take away some of the effectiveness of packaged plays, because a man defender should execute his man responsibilities no matter what the offense does. But that obviously opens up other opportunities -- you should have better numbers in the box to run against, and you can attack downfield. So the package play also becomes less necessary.
I completely agree with re the Sam being pretty equivalent to the Star in previous years.
I think Mike and Will are somewhat interchangeable, though the Will will likely have more man coverage responsibilities.
Good catch. I agree with you on that, which is another similarity to MSU's schemes.