Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking Guide

This column focuses on the six most important drills that matter in Triple Option Offensive Line blocking and the progression involved in executing the Triple Option as a concept.

One of my clients asked me which six Offensive Line drills matter the most.

So to provide you with appropriate visual information, here are six Triple Option Offensive Line drills that matter.

1- Scoop

The three levels of Triple Option Offensive Line Scoop Blocking (Triple Option Football Academy)
The three levels of Triple Option Offensive Line Scoop Blocking (Triple Option Football Academy)

2- Veer

Veer Inside Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)
Veer Inside Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)
Veer Out Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)
Veer Out Release Process (Triple Option Football Academy)

3- Slide Pass Protection

Offensive Line Pass Protection on Four Verticals. The Offensive Line slides away from the call. With the Center and the Backside, if there is no immediate threat in the Center's gap, he will peel on his third step and block the first threat off the Backside Tackle. The B-Back runs his veer path, flattens out, and blocks the first threat off the Playside Tackle.
Offensive Line Pass Protection on Triple Pass and Four Verticals. The Offensive Line slides away from the call. With the Center and the Backside, if there is no immediate threat in the Center’s gap, he will peel on his third step and block the first threat off the Backside Tackle. The B-Back runs his veer path, flattens out, and blocks the first threat off the Playside Tackle.

4- Gate Pass Protection

Gate Pass Protection (Triple Option Football Academy)
Gate Pass Protection (Triple Option Football Academy)

5- Ace

Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique. Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.
Ace versus 2i. Guard zone steps with playside foot, takes second step goes back to base with backside foot and punches his inside hand through the playside breastplate of the 0-technique.
Center zone steps with his inside foot, second step goes back to base with his outside foot, and his third step will be a zone step with his inside foot as he punches his inside hand off the third step, takes his fourth step going back to base, and squeezes his hips with the Guard and pounds his (Center’s) arches through the echo of the whistle.
Ace versus slanting 2. When Ace blocking a 2-technique on Triple, the Guard's first step, which is a zone step to the playside, is the key movement. This step keeps the 2-technique in the Playside A-gap.
Ace versus slanting 2. When Ace blocking a 2-technique on Triple, the Guard’s first step, which is a zone step to the playside, is the key movement. This step keeps the 2-technique in the Playside A-gap.

6- Offensive Line Footwork Choreography

Offensive Line Footwork Choreography Drill (Triple Option Football Academy)
Offensive Line Footwork Choreography Drill (Triple Option Football Academy)

These are the six Triple Option Offensive Line drills that must be constantly practiced.  –Dr. Cella


Regardless of the front, the Triple Option Offensive Line blocking rules always stay the same.  The Offensive Line DOUBLE TEAM the first Down Lineman inside the read (Action Key), the Offensive Linemen in front of the double team VEER, and the Offensive Linemen in back of the double team SCOOP.

Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking v. 4-4 Defense
Triple Option Offensive Line Blocking v. 4-4 Defense


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