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February 2012

February 2012


The Power Read Run – Add this innovative run to your spread to rack up the yards.

by: Matt Ballard
Offensive Line Coach, Amherst College
© February 2012

When we made the switch to a spread style offense prior to the 2008 season, our main objective was to maximize our talent at the skill positions while not having to rely on our offensive line to out-physical the biggest and strongest defensive fronts in our league. A variety of bubble screens and zone-read run game concepts helped us to achieve this objective. We also quickly evolved into the up-tempo, “play fast” style of offense that Oregon has popularized and we also use the pistol and off-set alignments for our tailback.

This season, we took our traditional one-back power play and added a read concept to the front side. We felt the play would be more difficult to defend by not allowing the defense to simply follow the tailback flow and the backside lineman into the hole if the QB could now pull the ball and hit the perime....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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