What’s the Veer?

The veer is an option running play often associated with option offenses in American football, made famous at the collegiate level by Bill Yeoman‘s Houston Cougars.

The Veer option is generally regarded as a “triple option.”  This is designed as a three-back attack with one player taking a dive course, one taking a pitch course and another being a lead blocker on the perimeter of the offensive formation. The QB makes reads on defensive players and then distributes the ball according to the defensive reaction to the offense

This is currently run primarily on the high school level, with some usage at the collegiate and the professional level where the Veer’s blocking scheme has been modified as part of the zone blocking system.

The Veer is an effective ball control offense that can help minimize mismatches in a game for a team.