See how Rose Hulman picks up the pace in their zone / play action game with their one word play calls. Read more here...
By Brian White
Offensive Line Coach
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
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To play as fast as possible, our offense here at Rose Hulman will run these plays from our one word play call menu. Meaning that one word (or signal) will tell all eleven offensive players their assignment. In an evolution of our one word play calls, we have developed a package where one word will tell the offense two plays to run in sequence. These “Two Play Combos” usually involve running outside zone followed by a play Action compliment. The article will detail our outside zone and its compliments as well as describing how we run these plays with tempo.
One Word Play Calls
Outside Zone with Bubble
We can notify all eleven players on our offense to run the outside zone concept by using one word. Once this word is delivered, the players will align in their appropriate positions and execute the scheme. Separate words are used to indicate open side or tight end side outside zone. Here are our rules:
Offensive Line: Execute outside zone to the boundary
Running Back: Execute outside zone to the boundary
Boundary Outside WR: Block man over
Field Outside WR: Block for the bubble screen
Field Inside WR: Run bubble screen
Tight End / H-Back:
- If the open side outside zone is called, align to the field and block for the bubble screen
- If the TE side outside zone is called, align to the boundary and block the D gap defender
Quarterback: Read “Leverage Defender” for throw to Bubble or give to RB.
The leverage defender is the first defender under 10 yards, from outside to inside, that we cannot account for with the Bubble blocking scheme. For example, on a bubble to our #3 receiver, we cannot account for the third defender. If he is in a position to tackle the bubble, we will run outside zone.
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We have found that we are at our best on offense when we are playing fast. Our staff is constantly trying to come up with ideas for improving the tempo, which we operate while keeping or system simple for our players to execute. One word play calls and Two Play Combos have become a major part of what we do. I hope this article has helped you come up with some ideas for how you can package plays to run with tempo. Please contact our staff if we can help you with anything or answer and questions.
Meet Coach White: Brian White is the Offensive Coordinator for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. The Fightin' Engineers offense averaged over 42 points and 470 yards per game in 2015. Prior to Rose-Hulman, White was on staff at Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Maryland and Hargrave Military Academy.