Gridiron Glossary: Wheel route

A pass pattern, usually run in combination with a post pattern, in which an inside receiver or running back moves in a circular pattern toward the sideline and then continues vertically up the sideline.

Wheel Route

Here’s the play from the 2015 Notre Dame – Clemson game.

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