ITP Glossary: Quick Hitch

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Quick Hitch

A quick hitch route is an offensive pass route in which a receiver sprints downfield several steps from the line of scrimmage, lending the impression that he is running a go route, before abruptly halting and turning back towards the quarterback to receive a pass. The quick hitch is similar in design to a curl route, but the latter is a deeper route. The hitch is also commonly combined with offensive blockers moving in front of the receiver, turning it into a tunnel screen.

Guilford Quakers quarterback Matt Pawlowski identifies the corner blitz is coming and makes the correct read, throwing the quick hitch route, which nearly goes the distance:

Pawlowski Pass

At the snap of this play, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is looking right all the way, bird dogging wide receiver Chris Godwin on a quick hitch route:


Temple has a surprise in store for the offense here, in the form of Sharif Finch (#56). He is lined up as a defensive end, and at the snap he drops into zone coverage. Rather than pressure the quarterback, he widens towards the sideline, sliding underneath the quick hitch route:

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Hackenberg never sees him. Finch makes a tremendous play on the football, and returns this interception for a touchdown.

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Mark Schofield wrote this entry. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkSchofield.

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