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By Dan Rohn (QB Coach/Run Game Coordinator), Steve Annese (Slot WR Coach), and Sam Parker (OL Coach) - Ferris State University (MI)

 

Ferris State continues their offensive explosion year after year and much of its success is credited to its 10 and 11 personnel spread option attack. The numbers speak for themselves: Ferris State set a school record this season with 51 rushing touchdowns and 7,190 yards of total offense, including 254 yards on the ground per game. The entire Bulldogs offensive staff contributed to this clinic report on how they design, scaffold and execute their most proficient run concepts, the power read and jet read. Read this clinic report here.



By Dan Rohn - QB’s Coach/Run Game Coordinator - Twitter: @coachrohn                      
Steve Annese - Slot Receivers Coach / Director of Football Research
Sam Parker - Offensive Line Coach - @CoachParker
Ferris State University (MI)

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Introduction:

ferrisAt Ferris State University, we have experienced a great deal of success over the past 5 years including 2 GLIAC championships, 3 playoff berths, and an overall record of 48-11. This success can be attributed to a multitude of factors, and one of the many factors has been the success of our offensive run game through our spread option attack.

As part of our spread option offense at Ferris State, we employ 10 and 11 personnel sets to spread a defense from sideline to sideline in order to create room for our quarterback to make reads and get the ball to athletes in open spaces. This includes a heavy dose of the quarterback carrying the ball himself. This type of offense allows us to make the most of our blocking resources by reading a hat at the point of attack instead of having to block him.

In our time at Ferris State, there have been a number of concepts that have been incredibly good for us and our offensive output but there are a couple that stand above the rest. If implemented correctly, we believe these concepts can be the difference between making a run at a playoff spot and struggling to find the offensive efficiency that every team desires. In this article, I am going to break down a couple of plays that have become staples of our run game and, in turn, our success at Ferris State University.

Power Read

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The Power Read concept employs a hybrid of a traditional power scheme and a read option scheme and uses the mixture of schemes to gain an advantage with a tailback perimeter run or a quarterback downhill run into open space.

On the read side of the play, the offensive tackle releases to the backside linebacker “chipping” the 3 technique (if there is one) on his way in a technique that we call a “bang release.” The play side guard blocks man on; this could mean blocking a B gap player or an A gap player and leveraging him whichever way he needs to in order to create movement. The center is blocking back for our pulling guard. The backside guard is pulling and horning for the play side linebacker. His job is to horn through the available gap created by the play side guard and is on to the linebacker similar to what he would do on traditional “power o”. The backside tackle is sealing the inside gap and if he feels on pressure inside he will then attack the backside end to make sure there is no back side pursuit.

The running back should line up with his heals on the quarterback’s toes and the middle of his body on the outside leg of the guard. On the snap of the ball he is running laterally across the quarterback’s face and forming a good pocket for meshing with the quarterback. Once the ball is in the mesh the running back with form a “soft seal” on the ball while waiting for the quarterback to make his read. Once he has the ball or the quarterback has chosen to pull the ball (either way) the running back will give a little bit of ground while running a hoop and getting to the perimeter as fast as possible.

On the perimeter the slot and outside receivers are attacking the man over them or the most dangerous man in terms of making the play on the perimeter tailback run. This is important as their job is to create space on the perimeter as that is where the focus of the defense will be.

The quarterback’s job, once the ball is snapped, is to stab the ball into the pocket of the running back and initiate a good mesh. As the running back crosses his face, his eyes should be locked on the defensive end to the play side. He will take about 2 and a half shuffle steps as he reads the defensive end’s movements and determines what to do with the ball. If the defensive end squeezes as he is released then the quarterback will give the ball to the running back. If the end runs to the running back to make the play on the perimeter, then the quarterback will pull the ball and keep it vertically behind his pulling guard. When in doubt, if the end cannot make the play on the running back, then the ball should be given to the running back and worked to the perimeter.

When power read is executed correctly, the defense has a huge burden to stop the perimeter run and still not give up the big play on a downhill run. It is an easy enough concept to execute that the burden is on the defense rather than the offense and that is where you want to be as an offense.

Jet Read

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Once the defense has adjusted to power read, the next concept that we can attack a defense with is jet read. Jet read’s blocking scheme up front is the exact same as power read. This allows linemen to perfect their craft and execute another play to perfection. The only changes from power read to jet read are the potential ball carrier and the perimeter blocking scheme that is implemented.

The first key factor in running jet read is timing up the jet motion from the slot receiver in order to keep the mesh as close to the same as possible for the quarterback. This requires the slot to go in motion earlier than a simple jet read and at a more controlled pace. The coaching point for us at Ferris is to try to have the slot move at a pace that would be consistent with getting the baton in a relay race in track. The slot receiver can’t take off too fast or the quarterback will struggle to get a good mesh and read with him, but if he clears the mesh too slow then the end has an easier time complicating the read for the quarterback. With enough practice, this becomes something that is second nature to our players at Ferris State and it can be emulated at any level.

For the quarterback, the mesh with the slot should feel about the same as the mesh with the running back. His only difference is trying to time his cadence with the slot in motion. The ball should be snapped around the time that the slot getting to the tackle box. This should allow him to throttle his speed a little bit to make the mesh as similar as possible to the running back’s on power read. Once the quarterback has initiated a mesh my stabbing the ball into the pocket of the slot receiver (same pocket and process as power read) then his read becomes the same. If the end squeezes upon release by the tackle, then the quarterback should give the ball to the slot whole will carry it on the perimeter similar to jet sweep. If the end is up field trying to tackle the slot receiver, then the quarterback will pull the ball and follow the horning guard’s block.

The biggest difference between power read and jet read is that the offense now has the running back as an extra hat on the perimeter to block with. The running back is responsible for a scraping linebacker or the next man available as he climbs vertically on the perimeter. It is imperative that the running back takes off full speed on the snap of the ball so that he can get out in front of the slot in time to make a block out ahead of there the slot receiver is carrying the ball.

Just like power read, when jet read is executed well it is an incredibly difficult play to defend and these two plays can keep the defense guessing as to how they should be defending the offense.

Teaching the Skip Pull:

It is the puller's objective to get around the other offensive linemen blocks with as little interference, and as fast as possible. The best way to do this is the skip pull. The skip pull allows for depth off the ball working the offensive lineman away from any interference in his pull while allowing for him to stay square to work vertically through the hole.

More coaches that I've run into have asked how to teach the skip pull more than any other block at the high school level. The reason being that it is contrary to what offensive lineman are taught, which is never to cross your feet. It is easy to over coach this block, but trying to be as precise as possible, but the best way is to drill it with simple focuses. 

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Conclusion:

Power read and jet read are plays that can be implemented at almost any level of football and they provide a great way for a spread attack to become immediately explosive in the run game. At Ferris we have had great success at the NCAA Division 2 level with these simple option football concepts. We continue to keep defenses on their toes and continue to rely heavily on power read and jet read as main staples of our rushing attack.

Implementing these concepts can allow for an explosive offense in every aspect of play, from complimentary rushing plays to a complimentary passing attack, this is the basis for the Ferris State spread option attack that has ranked among the very best in college football in terms of productivity; and these principles of offense will continue to shape the way the game is played at virtually every level of football.

Meet Coaches Steve Annese, Dan Rohn, and Sam Parker:

This is Steve Annese’s fifth year at Ferris State and eighth year as a coach. He has spent his entire time as the slot receiver’s coach and as the Director of Football Research. Before Ferris State, he was the offensive coordinator at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, MI.

This is Dan Rohn’s first year Quarterbacks Coach and Run Game Coordinator at Ferris State University. Dan Rohn has been a Head High School Football coach for 16 years; the previous 9 years as the Head Coach at Grand Rapids West Catholic with a 99-19 record and 4 state championships.

Sam Parker just completed his first year as the offensive line coach at Ferris State University. Parker served as a GA for Davenport University (MI) in 2015. This former Ferris State offensive lineman came into coaching after a brief career in Television Production and Digital Media.

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·         How offensive line coach Sam Parker teaches gap double teams at the point of attack, and why he uses a “three step contact point” on combo blocks.

·         The drill work Coach Parker uses to teach what he calls the “double team strain” with intersecting legs, the “foot fire” which keeps proper body position in space and the “impact” which teaches the jolt of a block without risking injury.

·         The “skip pull” drill that Coach Parker uses to teach the horn block of the backside tackle in these concepts.

·         The adjustments the staff at Ferris State uses to block a Bear Front, Odd Front and how they handle pressure. 

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