Army, Navy, and Georgia Tech have run 2116 Plays through Week 11 of 2018.
On average, Army, Navy, and Tech run these three concepts 32 times/game and 45% of Army, Navy, and Georgia Tech’s Offense through Week 11 of 2018 is the following:
- Zone/Speed Option (all variations)- 387 (18% of offense)
- Triple Option- 321 (15% of offense)
- Zone Dive- 253 (12% of offense)
Other plays run:
4. Rocket- 110 (5% of offense)
5. Triple Pass- 98 (5% of offense)
6. Follow-95 (4% of offense)
Zone Belly- 80 (4% of offense)
Midline Triple Option- 79 (4% of offense)
Trap- 77 (4% of offense)
Counter Option- 76 (4% of offense)
Midline Double (All variations)- 70 (3% of offense)
Navy- 24 v. UCF- 35
Navy Total Plays Run- 65
74% of Navy’s Offense was the following:
Zone/Speed Option- 15
Midline Triple- 13
Triple Option- 12
Other Plays Run:
Midline White- 2
Sprint Out- 1
Zone Dive- 3
Triple Pass- 1
B-Toss Boot Pass- 1
Rocket Pass- 1
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Dr. Cella here. I hope you are all doing well.
Hey Dr. Cella the breakdowns are awesome. Appreciate all the hard work. I know you talk a lot about running a concept at least four times a game in order for it to be successful. I was curious if you would do a video breaking down the concepts you would run personally in a high school game? –Kirk Anderson
Triple Pass is, by far, vitally important to make the offense go. The average completion on Triple Pass is over 20 yards. This is an explosive play. If you have ONE more explosive play than your opponent, you win 86% of the time. Utilize Triple Pass when the defense forces a pull read (because they’re sacrificing pass coverage for perimeter run support) and/or when you must get a first down.
After this, the drop off is considerably real…
Zone Dive is great if they’re forcing a pull read; however, if you’re pulling and pitching, you’re winning… barring some pretty awful ball security. Army, Navy, and Tech run it enough that I have to say “install this.”
Kirk, in conclusion, if I had to coach high school football, I would run the following:
This is all that I would do. The average high school football game is 48 plays and you must run a play at least four times/game for the play to be statistically effective (NFL two-year Run Study).
Triple Pass (Vert/Titan)
Heavy Package: Sneak (A-gap void)/Follow (B-gap void)/Zone Power (no void)
Army- 31 v. Lafayette- 13
Army Total Plays Run- 65
74% of Army’s Offense was the following:
Zone Option- 16
Zone Dive- 15
Zone Belly- 9
Other Plays Run:
Triple Option- 1
Midline Triple- 2
Dropback Pass- 2
Sprint Out Pass- 1
Counter Keep- 1
Zone Option Pass- 1
Rocket Pass- 2
Georgia Tech is the following:
#1 in rushing yards/game (354 yards/game).
#1 in yards/completion (22).
#1 in punts/play (0.04).
#2 in rushing attempts/game (61).
#2 in run-pass ratio (87%).
#2 in rushing yards percentage (80%).
#3 in punts/score (0.5).
#4 in time of possession (35 minutes/58% of game).
#6 in red zone scoring attempts/game (5).
#7 in second half scoring/game (20).
#8 in red zone scores/game (4).
#9 in third quarter scoring/game (10).
#10 in yards/rush (5.8).
#11 in yards/point (12).
#12 in points/play (0.53).
#12 in offensive touchdowns/game (5).
#13 in points/game (38).
#16 in first quarter scoring/game (10).
#17 in interceptions thrown/game (0.3).
#19 in fourth quarter scoring/game (10).
#20 in yards/play (6.3).
Georgia Tech Most Frequent Plays Run:
- Triple Option- 126 times (18% of offense)
- Zone/Speed Option- 104 times (15% of offense)
- Follow- 60 times (9% of offense)
- Rocket- 49 times (7% of offense)
- Zone Dive- 46 times (7% of offense)
Georgia Tech- 27 v. Miami- 20
Georgia Tech Offense Total Plays Run- 57
2/3 of Tech’s Offense was the following:
Triple Option- 13
Zone Dive- 7
Speed/Zone Option- 6
Other Plays Run:
Rocket Boot Pass- 1
Counter Option- 3
Rocket Boot- 4
Dropback Pass- 1
Q Draw- 1
Midline Lead- 2
Triple Pass Boot- 2
Counter Keep- 2
Dr. Lou Cella was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger on the state of the Triple Option Offense.
Also interviewed with Dr. Cella was the following:
- Georgia Tech Head Football Coach, Paul Johnson
- Navy Head Football Coach, Ken Niumatalolo
- Army West Point Head Football Coach, Jeff Monken
- Air Force Head Football Coach, Troy Calhoun
- Furman Head Football Coach, Clay Hendrix
- Tulane Head Football Coach, Willie Fritz
- Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach, Lou Holtz
- Former Air Force, Clemson, and Rice Head Football Coach, Ken Hatfield
- Former Nebraska Head Football Coach, Tom Osborne
- Recently Retired Arizona Cardinals Offensive Line Coach, Larry Zierlein
- Navy Athletic Director, Chet Gladchuck
- Army West Point Athletic Director, Boo Corrigan
- ESPN’s Booger McFarland
- Former Air Force Football Coach, Fisher DeBerry
- Big Ten Network/Former Indiana Coach, Gerry DiNardo
- Former Georgia Southern Athletic Director, Bucky Wagner