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Full Army West Point Triple Option Offensive Lineman Interview

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Proper Double Flex Formation Alignment

Below is the alignment for the Double Flex formation, which is Army and Navy’s modern-day primary formation.

Executing Double Flex, Zone Option versus 6-2 Defense

When running Zone Option out of Double Flex, the Offensive Line, A-Backs, and Backside Receiver have the same responsibilities as Triple Option.

The Playside Receiver blocks down.

The B-Back leads for the Quarterback and blocks the Mike to the Free Safety while the Quarterback takes the snap, goes down the line, turns up and scores unless #2 can tackle him… if so, the Quarterback sets his feet and parallel flicks the ball.

Here’s Zone Option versus the 4-4/6-2 Defense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in working with Dr. Cella, connect with him at 570.332.0265.

Brent Davis’ Offensive Line Drills from Georgia Southern

Army Offensive Coordinator, Brent Davis was at Georgia Southern prior to his arrival at West Point.

Here are Brent Davis’ Offensive Line drills from his days at Georgia Southern:

Running Zone Option out of Heavy

The Heavy Formation brings the Backside Tackle over to the formation side, and puts the Backside Receiver where the Backside Tackle was.

Zone Option is utilized when the defense forces a give to the B-Back on Triple.

When this happens, the offense makes the defense defend the Quarterback and the Backside A-Back.

The Heavy Tackle blocks down while the Offensive Line and the perimeter does exactly what they do on Triple Option. The B-Back becomes the extra blocker because of the numbers advantage while the Quarterback takes the snap, opens at 90 degrees, turns off the Receiver’s block and scores unless #2 can tackle him–if so, he sets his feet and parallel flicks the ball to the Backside A-Back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilize Heavy Zone Option when the defense forces the B-Back give on Triple.  Make the defense play the Quarterback when they don’t want to do so.

Army Threw for 361 Yards All Season… and Had Their Best Season Since 1996

Army West Point had their first 10-win season since 1996.

They threw for 361 yards all season (on 20 completions).

Fun Fact: Army West Point was #4 in the nation for yards/completion.

If anyone tells you that you need to throw the ball to win… show them this.

2017 ARMY WEST POINT PASSING STATISTICS
NAME CMP ATT YDS CMP% YDS/A TD INT RAT
Ahmad Bradshaw 14 43 285 32.6 6.63 1 2 86.6
Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 6 18 76 33.3 4.22 1 1 76.0
Totals 20 65 361 30.8 5.55 2 6 69.1

What Army, Navy, and Georgia Tech’s Leading Rusher in 2017 All Have in Common

The Under-Center, Flexbone Triple Option Offense continues to evolve.

In 2017, Navy’s top two leading rushers were their Quarterbacks, Zach Abey and Malcolm Perry.  Also, 56% of Navy’s run offense were Quarterback runs.

NAVY 2017 RUSHING STATISTICS
NAME CAR YDS AVG LONG TD
Zach Abey 293 1413 4.8 75 (TD) 19
Malcolm Perry 138 1182 8.6 92 (TD) 11
Chris High 144 621 4.3 37 2
Anthony Gargiulo 76 423 5.6 44 3
Josh Brown 22 203 9.2 39 (TD) 2
Darryl Bonner 33 178 5.4 38 1
Joshua Walker 15 106 7.1 48 (TD) 2
Keoni-Kordell Makekau 16 103 6.4 22 0
John Brown III 15 90 6.0 15 0
Garret Lewis 26 83 3.2 16 0
Tre Walker 9 68 7.6 26 1
Jahmaal Daniel 8 49 6.1 13 0
Brandon Colon 3 40 13.3 26 0
Mike Martin 5 19 3.8 7 0
Nelson Smith 8 17 2.1 4 0
Akili Taylor 1 -2 -2.0 0 0
Craig Scott 1 -5 -5.0 0 0
Totals 822 4568 5.6 92 42

In 2017, Army West Point’s leading rusher was their Quarterback, Ahmad Bradshaw.

ARMY WEST POINT 2017 RUSHING STATISTICS
NAME CAR YDS AVG LONG TD
Ahmad Bradshaw 242 1746 7.2 71 (TD) 14
Darnell Woolfolk 157 812 5.2 44 (TD) 14
Kell Walker 86 629 7.3 47 (TD) 6
Andy Davidson 116 627 5.4 42 5
Connor Slomka 49 216 4.4 29 4
Calen Holt 42 214 5.1 30 1
Jordan Asberry 18 115 6.4 22 0
Fred Cooper Jr. 13 72 5.5 17 (TD) 2
John Trainor 18 66 3.7 24 1
Sandon McCoy 12 58 4.8 13 0
Kelvin Hopkins Jr. 7 40 5.7 22 0
Luke Langdon 8 24 3.0 7 1
Kjetil Cline 1 23 23.0 23 0
Zack Boobas 2 23 11.5 12 (TD) 1
Nick Schrage 1 15 15.0 15 0
Artice Hobbs IV 2 15 7.5 18 (TD) 1
TJ Wisham Jr. 2 14 7.0 12 0
Dominic Distefano 1 10 10.0 10 0
Donovan Franklin 1 7 7.0 7 0
Blake Wilson 1 -9 -9.0 0 0
Totals 785 4710 6.0 71 50

In 2017, Georgia Tech’s leading rusher was their Quarterback, TaQuon Marshall.

RUSHING STATISTICS
NAME CAR YDS AVG LONG TD
TaQuon Marshall 247 1146 4.6 78 (TD) 17
KirVonte Benson 204 1053 5.2 65 6
Nathan Cottrell 33 271 8.2 69 0
Qua Searcy 36 217 6.0 42 (TD) 1
Clinton Lynch 28 209 7.5 48 0
Jerry Howard 23 175 7.6 65 (TD) 2
J.J. Green 21 156 7.4 36 2
Quaide Weimerskirch 16 70 4.4 19 (TD) 1
Matthew Jordan 15 56 3.7 12 1
Ricky Jeune 1 30 30.0 30 0
Jay Jones 2 9 4.5 6 0
KeShun Freeman 1 3 3.0 3 0
Lucas Johnson 1 1 1.0 1 0
Pressley Harvin III 1 -13 -13.0 0 0
Totals 632 3381 5.4 78 30
FBS Rushing Offense
Last updated – December 31, 2017 Through games of December 30, 2017
RANK TEAM G RUSH RUSH YDS YDS/RUSH RUSH TD YPG
1 Army West Point 13 785 4710 6.00 50 362.3
2 Navy 13 822 4568 5.56 42 351.4
3 Arizona 13 613 4021 6.56 48 309.3
4 Air Force 12 765 3689 4.82 38 307.4
5 Georgia Tech 11 632 3381 5.35 30 307.4

Quarterbacks runs take the Triple Option Offense to another level in 2017.  Utilize this information to make your Triple Option Offense go.  

Happy 2018!

How the Triple Option Offense is Evolving with Army and Navy as We Move Into 2018

Army and Navy’s top three formations in 2017 (combined):

1- Double Flex

2- Heavy

3- Flex Spread

Army and Navy’s top three concepts in 2017 (combined):

1- Zone Option

2- Zone Dive

3- Triple Option

Happy 2018!

The Two Offensive Formations Army West Point Ran in 2017

In 2017, Army West Point had their best season in 22 seasons, and they were based out of two formations–Double Flex and Heavy.

They were aligned in one of these formations, or a combination thereof, 95% of the time in their bowl win versus San Diego State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Flex compresses the Receivers as they are six feet from the Offensive Tackle with their inside foot up.  The benefit is that this formation puts the cornerbacks in an automatic run support situation, which is often a better perimeter matchup for the offense.  In addition, it eliminates the Playside Receiver and Playside A-Back having to read the Deep Defender and #3.  This is because the Corner is now #3 and the Safety is the Deep Defender.  If the Safety is in the middle of the field, the Receiver will load and block the Mike to the Free Safety.  He has a better angle to load as if the Mike runs over the top, he is two yards wider than the A-Back to wall off the Mike.

The Heavy Formations brings the Backside Tackle to the formation side to create an extra blocker 3.5 feet away from the Formation-side Tackle.  Then, the Backside Receiver replaces the Backside Tackle and aligns 3.5 feet away from the Backside Guard in a 3-point stance.  At times, Army would utilize a sixth Offensive Lineman as the Backside Tackle.  The benefit of utilizing a Receiver is that he is eligible and must be covered in the passing game.  In addition, Army would move their Playside A-Back’s alignment to behind the Heavy Tackle in certain situations.  This is especially true when they ran the Down (Belly-G) as to give the Playside A-Back a better angle to cancel the Mike.

What Army Does Versus Hard B-Gap Pressure

Often times when Army wants to run the Zone Option, the 3-technique can create penetration.

When this happens, they get into the Heavy Formation.

Heavy formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they run the Down (also known as Belly-G).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a gap-scheme concept to control the penetration of the 3-technique when they run off-tackle especially when they don’t get four yards on the give to the B-Back on Triple Option.

Both Tackles block down if there is a threat in their gap.  If not, they would veer inside and block the first linebacker that shows.  The Playside Guard traps the first threat off the Heavy Tackle.  

The B-Back runs through the inside leg of the Heavy Tackle and gets vertical.

This controls the 3-technique when the offense can’t get four yards on the give phase of the Triple Option.

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus Navy

Army West Point- 14 v. Navy- 13 F (December 9, 2017)

Army West Point Total Plays Run- 50

68% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 11; Zone Dive- 10; Trap- 7; Triple Option- 6

The other 32% of Army’s Offense was the following: Sweep- 4; Quarterback Iso- 4; Down- 2; Counter Trey- 1; Quarterback Sweep; Triple Pass; Sweep Reverse; Sneak- 2

Army Has The Most Wins in a Season Since 1996–Here are Their Top Four Offensive Concepts of 2017

In 2017, Army West Point had their first 10-win season since 1996.

Here are their top four concepts, which made up exactly 50% of their offense:

  1. ZONE DIVE (16% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a pull read on Triple Option)
  2. ZONE OPTION (14% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple Option)
  3. TRIPLE OPTION (13% of offense–this is the offense)
  4. TRAP (7% of offense–utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple Option and the Backside Linebacker is tackling the B-Back–this is the best misdirection-based counter in Army’s offense)

The NFL Run Study (referenced on this website since the site’s inception) indicates that a play must be run at least four times/game for that play to be statistically effective.  These are the ONLY four concepts that Army ran at least four times/game.

Merry Christmas!

Army’s Amazing Stats from Yesterday’s Armed Forces Bowl Win Shows the Power of the Triple Option Offense

Army won 42-35 yesterday over San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl.

  • The Black Knights had the ball for 46 of the 60 minutes.
  • They had 31 1st downs.
  • 72% of the time on third down, Army got a first down.  This is by far the best in the FBS.
  • Army had 440 yards rushing.
  • Finally–San Diego State scored 35 points in 14 minutes and still lost the football game.
  • Army achieved their first 10-win season since 1996.

Merry Christmas and God bless!

Matchup
1st Downs 11 31
3rd down efficiency 2-4 13-18
4th down efficiency 0-0 2-4
Total Yards 280 446
Passing 25 6
Comp-Att 6-10 1-4
Yards per pass 2.5 1.5
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Rushing 255 440
Rushing Attempts 21 87
Yards per rush 12.1 5.1
Penalties 10-82 4-47
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Possession 14:00 46:00

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl

Army West Point- 42 v San Diego State- 35 F

Army West Point Total Plays Run- 83

83% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Option- 25; Zone Dive- 16; Trap- 12; Down- 10; Rocket- 6

The other 17% of Army’s Offense was the following:
Zone Belly- 1; Midline Lead- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Sneak- 2; Counter Keep- 1; Belly Option- 1; Rocket Pass- 1; Midline Triple- 1; Triple Option- 1; Reverse Pass- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1

Nine Offensive Accomplishments Army West Point Achieved with their 2017 Triple Option Offense

Army West Point had their best regular season since 1996 and won their first Commander-in-Chief trophy since 1996.  Here are nine accomplishments Army achieved with their Triple Option Offense:

  • #1 in FBS in rushing offense with 356 yards/game.
  • #1 in FBS with a 53% 3rd down conversion percentage.
  • #1 in FBS with fewest sacks allowed (1).
  • #3 in FBS with fewest turnovers lost (9).
  • #3 in FBS with fewest negative plays/game (3).
  • #4 in FBS with 19 yards per completion.
  • #5 in FBS for time of possession (33 minutes/game).
  • #5 in FBS with the fewest interceptions (5).
  • #6 in FBS with fewest fumbles lost (4).

    Rainier (WA)

    In 2017, after becoming a Triple Option Football Academy client and working with Dr. Cella, Rainier (WA) had their best season in 26 years, reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1991, and made it to the Washington Class 2B State Quarterfinals.

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    “Rainier Football has played around with the triple for a few years.  This past season we went to the Triple Option Academy and had our school’s best season in 26 years (7-3, losing twice to the defending state champs) and reaching the State Playoffs for the first time since 1991.  The part that impressed me the most was Dr. Cella’s availability throughout the season.  Whenever we called with detail questions about the system, he had time for us.”

    — Terry Shaw, Head Football Coach

 

 

Army’s 2017 Ball Security Led to their First Commander-in-Chief Trophy Since 1996

Army’s Ball Security in 2017 Led to their First Commander-in-Chief Trophy Since 1996.  They finished next to Alabama and tied LSU for the least number of turnovers lost.  In addition, they only fumbled the football 4 times in 12 games.  This was the sixth best in the country in 2017.

Turnovers Lost

RANK TEAM G FUM LOST INT TURN LOST
1 Alabama 12 6 2 8
LSU 12 4 4 8
3 Army West Point 12 4 5 9

 

Fumbles Lost

RANK TEAM G FUM LOST
1 Iowa St. 12 0
2 Penn St. 12 2
Nebraska 12 2
4 SMU 12 3
South Carolina 12 3
6 LSU 12 4
Army West Point 12 4

Pamlico County (NC)

In 2016, Pamlico County (NC) won two (2) games and scored 108 points.

In 2017, after hosting a Triple Option Football Academy Camp with Dr. Cella, Pamlico County won nine (9) games and made it to the North Carolina Class 1A State Quarterfinals–all while scoring 508 points.

“The Triple Option Academy was huge for us as a program here at Pamlico County High School. Teams that thrive at the 1A level run system based offenses and that’s what the Triple Option Academy gave us. Dr. Cella came out and worked with my players and myself.  Dr. Cella helped put the system in place for us while we were in our spring football period. Offensively we went from scoring a total of 108 points in 2016 to scoring 508 points in 2017. The Triple Option Academy played a huge role in points scored for us. I am super excited to see what the future has in store for us in the second season of running this new offense.”

— Torrey Nowell, Head Football Coach

Win the Time of Possession Battle with the Triple Option Offense

In 2017, four of the top eight FBS programs that lead college football in time of possession were Triple Option football programs.

Time of Possession

RANK TEAM G TOP AVG TOP
1 Navy 12 430 35
2 Michigan St. 12 422 35
3 Wisconsin 13 457 35
4 Ga. Southern 12 408 34
5 Army West Point 12 405 33
6 Mississippi St. 12 404 33
7 Georgia Tech 11 368 33
8 Air Force 12 401 33

Navy lead the FBS by possessing the football 35 minutes/game.

Army, Georgia Tech, and Air Force all averaged the football for 33 minutes/game.

The Triple Option Offense is the way to go if you want to control the game.


Hancock County (KY)

In 2016, Hancock County won three (3) games.

In 2017, after becoming a Triple Option Football Academy client and working with Dr. Cella, Hancock County won seven (7) games, had their first winning season in 5 years, and made it to the second round of the 2017 Kentucky Class 2A State Playoffs.

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“The Triple Option Football Academy was instrumental in our program’s success this year.  It gave us the tools to become better coaches and provided us with the answers to make in game adjustments that gave our kids a chance to be successful.  This led to our players becoming more confident in themselves and our coaching staff.  Practices and Game planning became streamlined and everything we did had a purpose.  We are true believers in this offense and the knowledge we have gained through the Triple Option Football Academy has laid the foundation for continued success in the future.”

— Bobby Eubanks, Head Football Coach

How About The Fact that the Top Four FBS Teams in Yards Per Completion (2017) are All Triple Option Teams?

That’s right–in 2017 the top four FBS teams in yards per completion are the following:

RANK TEAM G PASS COM PASS ATT PASS YDS AVG
1 Navy 12 42 101 1005 23.93
2 Georgia Tech 11 43 119 927 21.56
3 Air Force 12 69 143 1321 19.14
4 Army West Point 12 19 61 355 18.68

Navy averages 24 yards every time they complete a pass.  

Georgia Tech averages 22 yards every time they complete a pass.

Air Force and Army average 19 yards every time they complete a pass.


In 2016, here were the top four FBS teams in yards per completion…

If you are looking for a quick-strike offense–look no further than the Triple Option Offense.


Rainier (WA)

In 2017, after becoming a Triple Option Football Academy client and working with Dr. Cella, Rainier (WA) had their best season in 26 years, reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1991, and made it to the Washington Class 2B State Quarterfinals.

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“Rainier Football has played around with the triple for a few years.  This past season we went to the Triple Option Academy and had our school’s best season in 26 years (7-3, losing twice to the defending state champs) and reaching the State Playoffs for the first time since 1991.  The part that impressed me the most was Dr. Cella’s availability throughout the season.  Whenever we called with detail questions about the system, he had time for us.”

— Terry Shaw, Head Football Coach

There are 128 FBS Football Programs and the Best One at Third Down Conversion Percentage is…

There are 128 FBS Football Programs

and the Best One at Third Down Conversion Percentage is…

Army West Point

Their Triple Option Offense gets a first down 53% of the time.  This is the best in college football.

RANK TEAM G 3RD ATT 3RD CONV PCT
1 Army West Point 12 147 78 .531

 

Four of the Top Five 2017 FBS Rushing Offenses are Triple Option Offenses

The Triple Option Offense was devastating in 2017.

In 2017, Army West Point averaged 355.8 yards/game.  This was the best in major college football.  In addition, they averaged 6.12 yards/run, and ran for 45 touchdowns.    Army averaged 58 rushes/game and won their first Commander-in-Chief trophy in 22 seasons.

Navy finished #2 with 343 yards/game.  They averaged 64 rushes/game.

Air Force and Georgia Tech tied for #4 with 307.4 yards/game.

RANK TEAM G RUSH RUSH YDS YDS/RUSH RUSH TD YPG
1 Army West Point 12 698 4270 6.12 45 355.8
2 Navy 12 746 4116 5.52 35 343.0
3 Arizona 12 570 3893 6.83 48 324.4
4 Air Force 12 765 3689 4.82 38 307.4
Georgia Tech 11 632 3381 5.35 30 307.4

Pamlico County (NC)

In 2016, Pamlico County (NC) won two (2) games and scored 108 points.

In 2017, after hosting a Triple Option Football Academy Camp with Dr. Cella, Pamlico County won nine (9) games and made it to the North Carolina Class 1A State Quarterfinals–all while scoring 508 points.

“The Triple Option Academy was huge for us as a program here at Pamlico County High School. Teams that thrive at the 1A level run system based offenses and that’s what the Triple Option Academy gave us. Dr. Cella came out and worked with my players and myself.  Dr. Cella helped put the system in place for us while we were in our spring football period. Offensively we went from scoring a total of 108 points in 2016 to scoring 508 points in 2017. The Triple Option Academy played a huge role in points scored for us. I am super excited to see what the future has in store for us in the second season of running this new offense.”

— Torrey Nowell, Head Football Coach

The Most Utilized Goal-Line Concept by the FBS Triple Option Schools Over the Last 15 Years

Read The Most Utilized Goal-Line Concept by the FBS Triple Option Schools Over the Last 15 Years right here.

Army West Point is off to their Best Record in 22 Seasons–Here are the Three Concepts that Drive their Offense

Army West Point 2017 Offense

  • First eight (8) win regular season since 1996.
  • #1 in FBS rushing offense (368 yards/game through 11 games).
  • #1 in FBS 3rd down conversion percentage (53%)
  • #3 in FBS least number of turnovers lost (9 in 11 games).
  • #4 in FBS yards per completion (19).  (Navy is #1 with 24, Georgia Tech is #2 with 22, Air Force is #3 with 19.)
  • #5 in FBS time of possession (34 minutes/game).

 

Triple Option is their offense.

(14% of offense, run 8 times/game).

 

They come back with the Zone Dive after the Quarterback pulls the ball on Triple.

(16% of offense, run 9 times/game).

 

They come back with the Zone Option after the Quarterback gives the ball on Triple.

(12% of offense, run 7 times/game).

 

Other concepts run:

Trap

(6% of offense)

Zone Belly

(6% of offense)

Midline Lead

(5% of offense)

Down

(4% of offense)

Rocket

(3% of offense)

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Duke

Army West Point- 21 v. Duke- 16 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 56

68% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 20; Zone Option- 12; Triple Option- 6

The other 32% of Army’s Offense was the following: Trap- 3; Down- 3; Sneak- 3; Quarterback Power- 2; Quarterback Iso- 2; Trap Option- 1; Power- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Counter Keep- 1; Midline Lead- 1

An Interview with an Army West Point Triple Option Offensive Lineman on Triple Option Offensive Line Play

Read Part One and Part Two of the Interview right here.

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Temple

Army West Point- 31 v. Temple- 28 F/OT

Army West Point Offense total plays run- 70

56% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Dropback Pass- 12; Zone Dive- 10; Triple Option- 6; Zone Option- 6; Midline Lead- 5

The other 44% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Trap- 4; Counter Option- 1; Down- 2; Sneak- 2; Rocket Pass- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Rocket- 2; Iso- 2; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Stretch- 1; Power- 1; B-Toss Boot Pass- 1; Counter Keep- 1; B-Screen- 1; Midline White- 1; Down Option- 1; Zone Belly Pass- 1; Zone Belly- 4; Quarterback Draw- 1