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CaptureBy Jake Olson, Offensive Coordinator, Loras College (IA)

Coach Olson explains how one formation / player combination has transformed their entire offense.

 


CaptureBy Jake Olson

Offensive Coordinator

Loras College (IA)

 

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Editor’s Note:  Jake Olsen is the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Dubuque entering his third season on staff.  He will explain one formation and a package of plays that have been very successful for them over the past two seasons. 

 

 

Over the past two seasons, the University of Dubuque has achieved considerable offensive success.  We are a pro-style, huddle offense averaging 2.33 plays per minute.  Over the past two seasons we have averaged 40 points a game and over 470 yards per game by using a balanced attack.  We have had one Gagliardi Trophy winner (Division III National Player of the Year), eleven All-IIAC performers, and back to back Iowa Conference Offensive MVP’s.

Using two WR’s to one side and a Tight End with a wing (TE or FB) to the other creates a very difficult formation to defend.  We call this formation ‘Duo’. [Diagram 1]  Typically we use 12 personnel (2 WR’s, 2 TE’s, and 1 RB) but any offense can utilize this formation with multiple personnel groupings; 11 (3 WR’s, 1 TE, and 1 RB) or 21 (2 WR’s, 1 TE, and 2 RB’s).  The following report and information outlines the plays that have been efficient for us in the past using the packages we have entered into games with and why we like using them against certain defensive looks. 

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Advantages of the Duo formation:

  1. It tends to force a LB to leave the box and support the pass OR force a Safety down eliminating the ability to play 2-High coverages.
  2. The Pistol backfield allows the threat of QB run options
  3. We still have the threat of a four receiver route immediately off the snap.
  4. We can use short H-Back motion to change the formation into a 3x1 quickly.
  5. We create an additional run gap on the TE side forcing a defense to play with a CB or DB as immediate run support as well as possibly gaining a man advantage in the leverage.

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The last advantage is quite possibly the most powerful for us as it puts the defense in an uncomfortable situation.  With the added run gap created on the Tight End side, some of the questions for the defense are:

  1. “How will we align to the Tight End side?”
  2. “Who will become the immediate run support player?”
  3. “How will we maintain box integrity and still play with the two WR’s to the other side?” 
  4. “Can I still play my base coverages without changing who I am?” 

Each week we try to enter a game with a handful of plays out of this formation, based upon what we know our opponent will line up, or has shown on film to this look. 

 

The Run Game

We only use a handful of runs out of this formation because of the uncertainty of how our opponents will align.  At times we have even seen defense change their alignment throughout the course of a game thus we must keep our rules simple and run packages versatile against multiple fronts. 

The are a few of the run plays have been good to us in the past and they each compliment something we are doing in the pass game and/or play action pass game.

Strong Side Inside Zone Package:

Inside Zone to the TE side is probably the highest attempted in our package of runs.  This play has bee a reliable play for us in all areas of the field: coming out, short yardage, goal line.  If we want to attack vertical in the run game, this is the play we use. [Diagram 14-16]

  • Why we feel it is a good play.  
    • We can combo this play with a quick exterior screen using the two WR’s to stretch the field sideline to sideline
    • We can free release the back side OT up to the 2nd level by bringing the H-Back under and taking care of the backside EMOL
  • What we’re looking for defensively.
    • Leverage on the weak side LB
    • Cut back lanes
  • What potentially could give us problems? 
    • CB triggering off the snap and disrupting the play at the mesh point
  • What compliments can come off of this base play?
    • Play action releasing the H-Back into the flats (weak side)
  • How to disguise (window dress) this look.
    • Bringing the TE side WR in a 2x2 set, back across in short motion, snapping the ball when he’s located by the TE.
  • How you can make this package part of your own identity?
    • Keep the H-Back on the CB and using a QB ‘Read Zone’ or ‘Read Midline’ play, leaving the weak side EMOL unblocked

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Weak Side Power Package:

Power to the weak side is another play that requires our H-Back to motion.  We have found this is a nice change up from the ‘zone’ schemes that we traditionally use. [Diagrams 17-18]

  • Why we feel it is a good play.  
    • It gives us an entirely different blocking scheme to the weak side if we feel our current offensive line talent is more suited to a ‘down block’ style.
  • What we’re looking for defensively.
    • 4-Man surfaces
  • What potentially could give us problems? 
    • Odd fronts
  • What compliments can come off of this base play?
    • Play action pass with the H-Back into the flats
    • See next play
  • How to disguise (window dress) this look.
    • Starting in a 3x1 formation and motioning a WR into the box & back using a ‘Return’ or ‘Zig-Zag’ motion.
  • How you can make this package part of your own identity?
    • Use your QB as the main ball carrier.  Off – set your RB to the TE side and fake a sweep handoff to sell outside run to the weak side.

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Power GH (Guard/H-Back) Package:

Power GH is a tweak to the original power play.  Instead of having the H-Back kick out the EMOL, we have the back side Guard pull and kick-out while the H-Back then becomes the pulling Guard and looking up the front side LB.

  • Why we feel it is a good play.  
    • We can kick out the weak side EMOL with a more powerful blocker.
    • We can show strong side run and counter back to the weak side with basically the same blocking scheme as Power (wk).
  • What we’re looking for defensively.
    • 4-Man surfaces
    • Overload to the TE side
  • What potentially could give us problems? 
    • Odd fronts
    • Weak side blitz
  • What compliments can come off of this base play?
    • Play action pass to the TE side
  • How to disguise (window dress) this look.
    • Starting your H-Back removed from the box as a WR in a traditional 2x2 formation, then short motioning him (H-Zig) back into the box.
  • How you can make this package part of your own identity?
    • Use your QB as the main ball carrier.  Off – set your RB to the SE side and fake a sweep handoff to sell outside run to the strong side.

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