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Triple Option: The Skill Positions


Some quick and basic coaching points on the Triple Option (12/13) directly from Paul Johnson

Backside A-Back

_____ Cadence is “Ready, Sethike”, and the Backside A-back leaves on “Ready.”

_____ Backside A-back gets 1 1/2 steps into the play before the ball is snapped.

_____ Backside A-back’s option route is five yards behind the Quarterback.

_____ Fast A-back will get wider in relationship after A-back sets five yards behind the Quarterback.

_____ A-back will take three more steps and turn up with Quarterback.

_____ When backside A-back catches the pitch, he will run wherever the blocking seam is.

 

B-Back

_____ He is the dive aspect of the play.

_____ B-back is five yards from front of the ball, and he can move up in alignment if he is slower.

_____ He must know interior Offensive Line blocking scheme.

_____ B-back has his backside toes curled in stance to prevent false stepping.

_____ 1st step is 6 inches.

_____ Takeoff is full speed through the ball, just like a plane.

_____ B-back’s aiming point is inside leg of guard.

_____ He reads the action key and breaks behind the center if there is a 0 technique.

_____ He does not bend back with “Ace” call (Center/Guard Double Team).

 

Quarterback

_____ Reads #1 and Options #2.

_____ He gets his 2nd step in ground and stares at read.

_____ The decision to give is made when the B-back is past his front foot.

_____ Gives ball if #1 does not take B-back–#1 must be able to get his head in front of the ball.

_____ Running Quarterback—when in doubt, pull it out.

_____ Non-running Quarterback—when in doubt, give.

_____ If #1 and #2 come hard, the option turns into a toss sweep. The Quarterback will get his 2nd step in the ground  (need this to create space from the defender) and option off #2.  If #2 does not come he will keep the ball. When #2 turns his shoulder to Quarterback, he will pitch the ball with his thumb down.

_____ Practice versus the easy stunt (2-1 exchange).

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