The Zone Option RPO

A RPO is a run-pass option, which is mostly utilized by Shotgun-based Spread Offenses; however, this concept is utilized by some Triple Option colleges this spring.

The Quarterback opens at 90 degrees, runs to the tackle, and throws the ball to the streaking Playside Receiver UNLESS the Corner stays over the top of the Receiver.

IF SO, the Quarterback runs the two-way option with him and the Backside A-Back versus #2.  The Quarterback turns up off the Playside Tackle and scores UNLESS #2 steps at the Quarterback.  If so, the Quarterback parallel pitches to the Backside A-Back.


The Playside A blocks the Safety.

The Playside Tackle and Guard double team #1 (defender covering the playside Tackle).

The Center/Backside Guard/Backside Tackle slides to the playside (they cannot go upfield) as they would in pass protection.

The Backside Receiver cuts off the Backside Corner.

The B-Back runs his zone path, which is through the outside leg of the tackle, and blocks the Mike.

Here is the Zone Option RPO in action versus the 4-3 defense:

Zone Option RPO v. 4-3 (1)

Dr. Lou Cella

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella

Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sport & Performance Psychologist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of the college and high school level.  

Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director, Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX) won their first regional and first state championship in school history.

Also, Corning (NY), Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Odessa-Harrington (WA), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA) posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.

Additionally, Dr. Cella has coached three current NFL players who have been drafted within the last two years.  In 2015, Kevin White (Wide Receiver) was drafted #7 overall by the Chicago Bears and Mark Glowinski (Offensive Guard) was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks.  In 2014, Lorenzo Taliaferro (Running Back) was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.  All three players were coached by Dr. Cella at the Junior College Level.

Dr. Cella received his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.), Sport and Performance Psychology Specialization from the University of the Rockies, and his mission is to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning process-based practices.

Connect with Dr. Cella at 570.332.0265.