Hampton Roads Academy 

Spread Option  


Alignment


OL:

Guards: Split is 3 feet from Center with your head splitting the distance between the centers head and hips.

Tackles and TEs: On Triple and Midline, splits will be 3-4 feet, wider is better. On all other plays, split is 2 feet from inside man and even with him.

 

WR: Split will vary with play called, but will typically be 5-8 yards from the sideline.

 

FB: On Triple and Mid-line option hand will be placed 5 feet from heels of QB. On all other plays your hand will be 7 feet from the QBs heels.

 

HB: 2 feet by 2 feet off of the end man on the line of scrimmage. In Spread or Trips formation, you will be 3-5 yards inside the WR depending on play called. If in Spread Trips, inner most HB will be 4-5 yards inside the other HB. In bone formation, you will be aligned directly behind your guard with your hand at the FBs heels.

 


Formations

Formations 1 Formations 2 Formations 3 Formations 4

Motion


Backside HB will go in step motion aiming at the FBs heels in the direction of the play called unless your hear one of the following calls added to the play.

 

Stay: No Motion

Counter: Playside HB will go into step motion aiming at FB heels, but at the snap of the ball will pivot around. Where you will go at the snap of the ball will be determined with the play called.

Jet: Backside HB will go into motion at QBs heel, but will run directly behind QB across the formation.

Counter Jet: Same as Jet, but PS HB will motion across the formation.

Red: Right HB will go into step motion to the right.

Lead: Left HB will go into step motion to the left.


Running Plays Diagrams

Triple Option Midline Option Double Option Power Counter
34/35 Victor 54/55 Solid 28/29 46/47 14/15 Counter
34/35 Block   48/49 K    

Passing Plays Diagrams

Play Action Sprint Out 3 Step Drop
134/135 98/99 74/75
146/147    

  Play Description and Rules


Play: 34/35 Victor

Description: Inside Veer Triple Option

Schemes: Veer to OES

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

 

BSCO

PST

Crease

 

Veer release for 1st LB head up to Inside. W/ 3 tech, Crease Block with PSG

PSG

Crease

Slip

Covered: Drive Block. W/ 3 Tech, Crease with PST

Uncovered: Slip v/s Shade or 1 Tech

C

Slip

Scoop

Covered: Scoop with BSG

Uncovered: Secure PS A Gap. Slip V/S 1 Tech

BSG

Scoop

BSCO

BST

 

BSCO

WR

 

Block Deep Cover. Count 3 from Read Key (RK): If he is deep coverage, Block him. If 3 is in Support Block #4

QB

Crease

Open at 5 oclock to PS, Read First man from B Gap Out, Option next support player.

FB

 

Run Path to PSGs midline. Make pocket with inside elbow up. Soft squeeze ball.

LB

 

Seal Block 1st LB to Scrape. Usually will be MLB, but v/s 4-3 will be OLB

PB

 

Step Motion 1 count pre-snap aim for FBs heels, Run Pitch path, get wide.


Play: 34/35 Block

Description: Inside Veer Triple Option to TES

Schemes: Block TE will Block OK

 

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

 

High wall OK. Make sure he does not go over the Top. If hes in a 7 tech do best to get inside or just wash down. No Penny!!!

PST

 

Veer Release to Inside LB to FS. If 4 tech, wash him down inside, will get a pull read

PSG

Slip

Covered: Base man on. Slip V/S 1 Tech

Uncovered: Secure PS A Gap Slip 0 Tech to PS Shade to BSLB

C

Slip

Scoop

Uncovered: Secure PS A Gap to BSLB

Covered: Base Man on Slip v/s PS Shade, Scoop V/S 0 Tech or BS Shade

BSG

Scoop

BSCO

BST

 

BSCO

WR

 

BS Stalk

QB

 

Check 34/35 Victor to OES v/s 4 Man front

Open at 5 oclock read 1st man outside B Gap, if pull read duck behind LB and behind TE

FB

 

Run Path to PSGs midline. Make pocket with inside elbow up. Soft squeeze ball.

LB

 

Under seal to Inside LB to FS

PB

 

Step Motion 1 count pre-snap aim for FBs heels, Run Pitch path, get wide.


Play: 28/29

Description: Zone option

Schemes: Load, Rub

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

Rake

Ghost

PS: Base Reach man on. V/S 7 Tech Rake block w/ PST. V/S man outside make a Ghost call.

BS: BSCO

PST

Rake

Over

Covered: Base Reach man on. Over Block w/ 4

Uncovered: Power Rake with TE, zone step PS to 2nd Level

PSG

Over

Slip

Covered: Base Reach man on, Slip V/S 1 Tech

Uncovered: Over with PST v/s 4, zone step PS to 2nd Level

C

Slip

Scoop

Covered: Man on Base Reach, Scoop V/S 0 tech and BS shade

Uncovered: Slip V/S 1 Tech, zone step PS to 2nd Level

BSG

Scoop

BSCO

BST

 

BSCO

WR

 

PS: Stalk

BS: BSCO

QB

Ghost

If Ghost call repeat Ghost and pitch off EMLOS. Reverse out Fast and Flat; Option Second level Support.

FB

 

Open step wide to C gap. Block: Penetration, Pursuit, to FS

LB

 

Rub to secure TEs block, Support,  FS

PB

 

Step Motion 2 counts pre-snap, run pitch path, get wide


 

Play: 54/55

Description: QB ISO

Schemes: Solid, Twirl

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

Solid

Out

PS: Must block two outside defenders w/ PST. Make Solid call v/s 9 Tech and block 9 tech. Out Call with 7 or 6 tech and block next level

BS: BSCO

PST

Solid

Out

PS: W/ Solid call Block 2nd Level; w/ Out call, Block out on 7 or 6 Tech

BS: Hinge

PSG

 

Covered: Veer Release to 1st LB head up to inside

Uncovered: Step PS to head up LB

C

Scoop

Covered: Base man on, Power Scoop v/s BS Shade

Uncovered: Secure BS A Gap to BS LB

BSG

Scoop

Covered: Base Man on

Uncovered: Power Scoop v/s BS Shade to BS LB

BST

 

Hinge B Gap out

WR

 

PS: Stalk

BS: BSCO

QB

 

Check Opposite v/s PS Shade. Open up on the midline, Read 1st man A Gap Out. Attack B Gap behind under Seal

FB

 

Step opposite foot and run midline crease. Soft Squeeze w/ inside elbow up. Cut off Center, if Center is covered

LB

Counter

Under seal 1st LB Head to inside. W/ Twirl motion 1 count pre-snap spin inside to block normal Rule

PB

Sit

W/O Counter motion 1 count pre-snap and run pitch path; with Stay, run pitch path with no motion. With Twirl run pitch path. With Sit call, Stay on BS and Block EMLOS

 


Play: 14/15

Description: Counter Isolation

Schemes:

 

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

TED

PS: Base High wall, HPC, w/ 7 tech TED w/ PST if v/s or man outside w/in 3 yds of LOS

BS: Base man on, HPC

PST

TED

Covered: Base man on High Wall HPC

Uncovered: TED w/ TE if called. W/ no TED, Step BS to Cut off PS LB

PSG

Double

Covered: HPC 2 or 3 tech V/S 1 Tech Base. NO PENNY!!!

Uncovered: Double v/s Shade or 0 nose, to LB

C

Double

Scoop

Base 0 to BS Shade Scoop Call v/s BS Shade. Make a Double call w/ PS Shade

Uncovered: Zone BS A gap to BSLB. W/ a 1 Tech Slip With BSG. To BS LB

BSG

Scoop

Covered: Base 3 tech. HPC 1 tech Slip W/ C

Uncovered: Slip w/ BS Shade. Let Nose beat you to BS. W/ no Slip call Step BS to 1st LB Head up to outside

BST

 

Base man on, HPC

WR

 

PS: Inside Stalk

BS: BSCO

QB

 

Open at 5:00 Sell fake to FB. Extend ball deep to HB

Fake boot after handoff

FB

 

Run normal 34/35 Path. Make pocket and carry out fake. Block 1st threat B Gap out. If Hole is clogged w/ PSG, go Outside to OLB

LB

 

Counter Motion Aim at inside leg of PSG and Block 1st LB A gap out. Read PSGs block.

PB

 

Step back inside foot 1st then outside foot. Plant. Run downhill to A gap. Read PSGs block


Play: 46/47

Description: Power play

Schemes: Down blocking

 

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

Fox

Inside release Block C gap (5 or 6 tech) V/S 7 tech outside release to 1st outside defender

BS: BSCO

PST

Fox Hard

Inside release to 1st DL from B gap out for pulling guard.

Covered: Fox call for TE w/ man on and man inside, Fox Hard call

PSG

 

Open Pull into LOS and KO 1st man outside of TEs or PSTs Hip

C

 

Reach man on, speed scoop.

Uncovered: Step flat to cut off PS A gap to 3 tech for pulling guard.

BSG

 

Speed Scoop

Covered: BSCO

BST

 

BSCO work hard to get in front of the play and push FS past play

WR

 

Inside Stalk

QB

 

Reverse pivot hand ball off deep to FB

Carry out boot fake.

FB

 

Align 6 feet behind QBs heels. Attack LOS off PST or TE hip. Hug block of TE or PST as he works inside

LB

 

Outside release EMLOS and block LB or FS. W/ Fox call release inside DE and block 1st LB head up to inside

PB

 

Step inside and block EMLO


Play: 74/ 75

Description: 3 Step Pass

Schemes:

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

 

PS: Run 1st Route Called

BS: Slide Step to BS C gap

PST

 

Slide Step to PS C gap

PSG

 

Slide Step to PS B gap

C

 

Slide Step to PS A gap

BSG

 

Slide Step to BS A gap

BST

 

Slide Step to BS B gap

WR

 

PS: Run 1st Route called

BS: Run 1st Route called

QB

 

3 Step drop. Set and throw ball

FB

 

Step Direct to EMLOS on BS Block 1st Threat outside EMLOS

LB

 

Run 2nd Route Called

PB

 

OES: Run 2nd Route

TES: Run Flair Route


Play: 98/99

Description: Sprint Out Pass

Schemes:

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

 

Best Release to Run 10 to 20 yd cross to pull FS

PST

 

Post and turn to PS B gap

PSG

 

Post and turn to PS A gap

C

 

Post and turn to BS A gap

BSG

 

Hinge to BS B Gap

BST

 

Hinge to BS C gap

WR

 

Run 1st Route Called

QB

 

Open up PS Get Depth and sprint out to PS. Run if no one is open.

FB

 

Run to PST Hip Pass block aggressively

LB

 

Run 2nd Route called

PB

 

If 3 routes are called run third Route called.

Motion on Ready, Fit up outside FB try to seal EMLOS

 


Play: 134/ 135

Description: Play Action Pass

Schemes

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

HOT

Best Release to Run 10 to 20 yd cross to pull FS

Hot call w/ man on and man outside

PST

 

Post man on Eyes in PS B gap. Stay parallel to LOS

PSG

 

Post man on Eyes in PS A gap. Stay parallel to LOS

C

 

Post man on and turn to BS A gap.

W/ Hot call pull out and block hot rusher if uncovered.

BSG

HOT

Hinge BS B gap

W/ Hot call pull out and block hot rusher if uncovered.

BST

HOT

Hinge BS C gap

W/ Hot call pull out and block hot rusher if uncovered.

WR

 

Run 1st route called

QB

 

Open at 5:00 and Flash fake to FB, take 1 step, Drop back three steps, plant and throw to open man. IF no one is open, get outside PST and throw ball away.

FB

 

Step to outside leg of PST. Fit up on End of LOS and block.

LB

 

Run 2nd Route called

PB

 

Run 3rd route

If no route called, Motion and fit up with FB on LOS. NO PENNY.

 


 

Play: 146/147

Description: Play Action Bootleg off of 46/47

Schemes:

 

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

 

BS: Release inside and run an 8 yard drag. 

PS: Slam hard, bear crawl, inside for 2 secs then run pattern

PST

 

Block down to protect B gap. Sell Run!!!

PSG

 

Block Down to protect A Gap

C

 

Block BS A Gap, cover for pulling guard

BSG

 

Pull Past BST. Sell run, then set up pass protection in BS C Gap

BST

 

Step inside to cover for Pulling guard. Sell Run, then set up hinge protection in BS B Gap.

WR

 

BS: Run an d 8 yd drag

PS: Run Route

QB

 

Sell 46/47, then boot out to break contain, try to throw on the run. Read from deepest to shortest. Run/Pass Option. Dont force it.

FB

 

Sell fake for 46/47 Block EMLOS

LB

 

Run slam, S, route unless other route is called. Hold block for 2 secs then release on route. Block 1st

PB

 

Release outside EMLOS and run off FS


 

Play: 48/49 K

Description: G Option Load

Level 2 Option Key

Schemes:

 

Pos

Calls

Rules

TE

 

Inside release, block C gap. W/ no threat to inside release to second level and block 1st LB from Mike out.

PST

Fox

Hard

Inside release for 1st DL from 4 tech inside. Fox call w/ 4 or 5 tech to get help from TE

PSG

 

Open and pull tight around load block of HB. Block: Penetration from load to LB. Block 1st threat after load block. If you cant get to LB, dont chase block next pursuit man.

C

 

Covered: Reach man on, speed scoop w/ BSG

Uncovered: Step flat to cover for PSG. Cut off PS A Gap to 3 tech

BSG

 

BSCO, Speed Scoop

BST

 

BSCO, Work to get in front of play to cut off FS

WR

 

PS: Aggressive Stalk

BS: BSCO

QB

 

Reverse Pivot, Attack level 2 option key

 

FB

 

Align at 6 feet behind QBs heels. Aim at inside hip of PST, secure Load block if necessary. Block penetration, pursuit, FS

LB

 

Load, or K, block EMLOS

PB

 

Step Motion, run pitch path


Abe Mikell is the creator of this site.  He is the Head Football Coach at Hampton Roads Academy

For Any questions, email Abe at amikell@widomaker.com

I would like to thank the following people for help in creating the HRA version of the spread option.
Mike Summers, OL Coach and the University of Louisville, former offense coordinator at the University of the South
Tim Camp, OL Coach at Bucknell University, former OL Coach and OC at the University of the South
Greg Gregory, OC at Ohio University
Brian Knorr, Head Coach at Ohio University
Ryan Ferebee, former assistant head coach at HRA