101 Ways to Run the Option by Tony Demeo

By Tony Demeo

A rare selection of one zero one ways in which coaches can hire diverse adaptations of the choice of their team's offensive assault. Covers the split-back veer, wishbone, Woody s alternative, Delaware wing-t, a number of I strategies, one-back bone, midline alternative, shotgun choice, utilizing units and movement, in addition to equipment techniques and kicking-game suggestions. includes over a hundred diagrams and illustrations.

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It carried Bud Wilkinson's University of Oklahoma teams to 47 consecutive victories and propelled Darrell Royal's University of Texas squads to two national titles. The option also helped catapult coaches such as Paul "Bear" Bryant, Tom Osborne, and Barry Switzer into national prominence, as their teams became the best in the country. In recent years, however, college football has become saturated with high-powered passing attacks. Predictably, defenses have countered with in-your-face, man-to-man blitz packages as an antidote.

The quarterback reverse pivots and rides the tailback toward the line, faking the Iso; he then comes down the line and options the defensive end. The power back is the pitch back. The key to this play is a convincing fake of the Iso. The coaching point is that if the corner is on the line, the tight end could block the defensive end while the quarterback options the corner. Diagram 44 Page 66 Option #42: I-Pro Lead Option The I-Pro Lead Option Is a simple, yet effective, way to get the ball pitched on the perimeter to the tailback (Diagram 45).

The option also helped catapult coaches such as Paul "Bear" Bryant, Tom Osborne, and Barry Switzer into national prominence, as their teams became the best in the country. In recent years, however, college football has become saturated with high-powered passing attacks. Predictably, defenses have countered with in-your-face, man-to-man blitz packages as an antidote. However, by depending to a large degree on the blitz, modern defenses have left themselves vulnerable to their old nemesis, the option attack.

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