Navy’s 2015 Triple Option Offense: Part Three of a Quantitative Study

This is the third of a four-part study on Navy’s 2015 Triple Option Offense.  The data derived from this study is based on Navy’s play selection during all games during the 2015 season.  You will learn what Navy actually does to execute their Triple Option Offense, and what created Navy’s best season in 53 years.  Part Two can be read right here.

Navy versus SMU

Navy won over SMU 55-14

72 Total Plays Notes- 71% of this game’s offense was Triple Option, Zone Option, Belly, Midline Lead, Zone Dive, Outside Veer Give, and Triple Pass.

Navy versus South Florida

Saturday, October 31, 12:00 PM

Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

  1 2 3 4   Total
South Florida 10 0 7 0   17
Navy 3 10 3 13   29

Total Plays- 76 

Notes: 2/3 of offense v. South Florida was Triple, Zone Option, Zone Dive, and Outside Veer Give.

Navy versus Tulsa

  1 2 3 4   Total
Navy 7 16 14 7   44
Tulsa 0 7 7 7   21
Total Plays- 64 
Notes: 65% of Navy’s offense was Triple Option, Midline Triple, Belly, Midline White, Zone Option, and Outside Veer Give.
1/3 of Navy’s offense was a Triple Option (Triple/Midline Triple). 

Navy’s First 10 Games of 2015

Navy is 9-1 through their first 10 games of 2015, and they are nationally ranked.
In 2015, they have executed 659 plays.  
The following is what they are doing to become successful with their 335 yards/game rushing offense:
1- Triple Option- 153/659 (23% of offense)

Triple v. 3-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Scoop to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path
Triple v. 3-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Scoop to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

2- Zone Option- 73/659 (11% of offense)

Zone Option versus Okie Dog Pinch. #1 goes inside to the Guard, the Playside Linebacker is walled by the Playside A and the ball is pitched off #2.
Zone Option versus Okie Dog Pinch. #1 goes inside to the Guard, the Playside Linebacker is walled by the Playside A and the ball is pitched off #2.

3- Zone Dive- 51/659 (8% of offense)

Zone Dive. PR- Deep Defender PA- Fold PT- Base PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer Steps--Give B- Veer Path
Zone Dive.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Fold
PT- Base
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer Steps–Give
B- Veer Path

4- Midline Triple- 36/659 (5% of offense)

Midline Triple v. 4-4 PR- Deep Defender PA- Twirl-Run Support PT- Veer PG- Veer C/BG- Reverse Ace BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Mid 1, Pitch 2 B- Mid Path
Midline Triple v. 4-4
PR- Deep Defender
PA- Twirl-Run Support
PT- Veer
PG- Veer
C/BG- Reverse Ace
BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Mid 1, Pitch 2
B- Mid Path

5- Outside Veer Give- 34/659 (5% of offense)


6- Belly- 34/659 (5% of offense)


7- Rocket- 28/659 (4% of offense)


8- Midline White- 26/659 (4% of offense)


Here is more notable information.  
  • In 2007, during Navy’s final season with Paul Johnson as Head Football Coach, Navy ran Triple Option 27% of time, Zone Dive 14% of time, Midline (all variations) 11% of time, Rocket 11% of time, and Counter Option 7% of the time.
  • Triple Option remains consistent with the 2007 average.  
  • Midline (all variations) is consistent with the 2007 average.  
  • Zone Dive has been run less; however, Outside Veer Give and Belly have been run along with the Zone Dive in an effort to keep #1 off the B-Back.
  • Rocket is executed far less than in 2007; however, with the emergence of the Zone Option, now there are two ways to get the ball outside when #1 doesn’t cancel the B-Back.
  • Counter Option has only been run nine (9) times all season.   This is 1% of the total Navy Offense.

Part Four is published tomorrow.

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