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August 2002

August 2002


Triple Option Means Triple Threat

The three-back enables Rice University to rush its way to success
by: Scott Wachenheim
Rice Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
© August 2002

The Rice University Triple Option traces its roots to West Texas High school football. Emory Bellard invented wishbone triple option football in the summer of 1968. Coach Bellard always liked option football and the advantages three back formations gave an offense.

He started toying with the concept while coaching at Ingleside and Breckenridge High Schools. Coach Bellard felt to be successful on offense, one needed to:

Have a blocker on a defender with a ball carrier behind.
Have two blockers on one defender with an option play.
Create one-on-one match-ups in the passing game.

Coach Bellard was hired to coach linebackers at the University of Texas in 1967. In t....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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