Coach Olson explains how one formation / player combination has transformed their entire offense.
By Jake Olson
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.
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:
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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