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September 2007

September 2007


Meshing the Option with the West Coast Offense

How the Air Force Academy plans to blend two distinct offenses.
by: Mike Kuchar
© September 2007

Not unlike the other service academies, when it came to running the football, the United States Air Force Academy prided itself on executing a balanced, three-back option attack. Focusing on four to five yards a carry – their patented scheme would burn up the clock and wear down its opponents. It was that ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ mentality that former head coach Fisher DeBerry preached to his cadets for the 23 years of his reign giving them a chance to compete against bigger, stronger and faster opponents.

But with new head coach Troy Calhoun now taking over reigns in Colorado Springs, the Falcons have changed their tune. Intent with getting the ball downfield in a hurry and in the hands of their better athletes, Calhoun has tweaked the Falcons previous offensive system into more of a spread attack. He’ll still be utili....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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