The following is how Rocket is run out of the Heavy Formation. Often, this is done on the Goal-line.
The system utilized to determine who the read key, pitch key, run support, near deep defender, and action key is defined below:
#1- Defensive Lineman touching the Tackle.
#2- Defender on or past #1.
#3- Defender on or past #2.
The Near Deep Defender is the defender who drops into the deep zone over the top of the Playside Receiver. He is not part of the count.
The Guard must serve as a “road-grader type” in the Triple Option Offense.
There are specific blocks that he must master.
The following are those blocks and in order of importance:
1- Scoop (especially versus the 0-technique on Triple)
THE THREE LEVELS OF TRIPLE OPTION OFFENSIVE LINE SCOOP BLOCKING (Triple Option Football Academy)
2- Ace (on Triple and Midline)
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…
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Total Plays- 56
Triple Option- 17/56 (30% of offense)
Zone Dive- 8/56 (14% of offense)
Rocket- 6/56 (11% of offense)
Midline Lead- 6/56 (11% of offense)
Sprint Pass- 4
Dropback Pass- 3
Belly Option- 2
B-Screen, Counter Keep, Outside Veer, Counter Option, Rocket Pass, and Rocket Boot- once each
Notes: Triple Option, Zone Dive, Rocket, and Midline Lead was 2/3 of Georgia Tech’s Offense versus previously unbeaten Florida State.
Paul Johnson likely wishes that he, Tim Stowers, and Erk Russell came up with another name for this formation.
When they started running Triple Option out of the “Spread” formation in 1985, this represented the balanced set seen below:
Here are the advantages of the Spread Formation in the Triple Option Offense
The balanced structure of the offense creates balance in defense. This leads to 3-on-2 matchups when running the Triple Option.
Defenses must decide if the offense is 2X2 or 1X1 due to the alignment of the slots.
Four verticals blows the top off coverages, especially Cover 3 as seen below:
Over the last several years, Navy has utilized the Spread formation more than any other formation. Navy stayed balanced 7 out of every 10 plays in 2013.