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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!

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2017 Navy Triple Option Offensive Breakdown versus Virginia in the Military Bowl

Navy- 49 v Virginia- 7 F

Navy Offense Total Plays- 76

72% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 20; Triple Option- 12; Zone Option- 16; Follow- 7

The other 28% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Triple Pass- 4; Trap- 3;
Rocket- 3; Trap Option- 2; Rocket Boot- 2; Rocket Boot Option; Midline Triple Option; Midline White- 5

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.

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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.

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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

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 North Texas

Army West Point- 49 v North Texas- 52 F

Army West Point Total Plays Run- 71

75% of Army’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 18; Quarterback Power- 13; Zone Option- 12; Triple Option- 10

The other 25% of Army’s Offense was the following:
Iso- 2
Sneak- 2
Iso Pass- 1
Rocket Pass- 2
Trap- 5
Midline Triple- 2
Counter Keep- 1
Follow- 1
Trap Option Reverse- 1
Zone Belly- 1

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

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

2017 Georgia Tech Triple Option Breakdown versus Wake Forest

Georgia Tech- 38 v. Wake Forest- 24

Georgia Tech Offense Total Plays Run- 79

68% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 20; Zone Dive- 14; Dropback Pass- 8; Follow- 7; Rocket- 5

The other 32% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following:

Triple Boot Pass 3
Lead Option 2
Rocket Boot Pass 1
Trap Option 1
Rocket Boot 1
Triple Pass 1
Counter Option 1
Sprint Pass 4
Trap 3
B-Screen 2
Counter Keep 3
Outside Veer Give 1
Sneak 1
Triple Reverse 1

Notes: Zone Dive and Follow are Georgia Tech’s answers when they are forced to pull the ball on Triple Option.  Rocket is Georgia Tech’s primary answer when they are forced to give the ball on Triple Option… Trap is a secondary answer when they are forced to give the ball on Triple.

Army West Point’s Top Three Concepts Through October 14, 2017

In 2017, Triple Option is the most utilized concept as Army West Point has executed the Triple 67 times.

Zone Option, which is utilized when the defense forces a give read, has been executed 49 times.

Zone Dive, which is utilized when the defense forces a pull read, has been executed 49 times.

These three concepts are driving the Army Offense, which becomes bowl eligible with a victory over Temple tomorrow.

Georgia Tech’s Top Five Concepts Through October 14, 2017

In 2017, Triple Option has been run more than any other concept by a 2-to-1 ratio.  The other four top concepts have been utilized 25-36 times.

  1. TRIPLE OPTION has been run 72 times.
  2. ZONE DIVE has been run 36 times.  This concept is utilized when the defense forces a pull read on Triple.
  3. FOLLOW has been run 30 times.  This concept is utilized when the defense forces a pull read on Triple and in Short Yardage/Goal-line situations.
  4. ROCKET has been run 28 times.  This concept is utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple and in Short Yardage/Goal-line situations.
  5. TRAP has been run 25 times.  This concept is utilized when the defense forces a give read on Triple and as a Counter.

2017 Georgia Tech Triple Option Breakdown versus Miami

Georgia Tech- 24 v. Miami- 25 F

Georgia Tech Offense total plays run- 52

54% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 18; Rocket- 6; Zone Dive- 4

The other 46% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Outside Veer Give- 1; Sprint Pass- 3; Sneak- 3; Counter Option- 2; Triple Pass- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; WR Screen- 1; Rocket Pass- 1; Dropback Pass- 3; Trap- 1; Down- 2; Triple Boot- 1; Down Option- 1; Triple Boot Pass- 1; Rocket Boot- 1; Quarterback Draw- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown Versus Eastern Michigan

Army West Point- 28 v. Eastern Michigan- 27 F

Army West Point total plays run: 65

62% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 11; Zone Dive- 11; Trap- 6; Zone Option- 6; Iso- 6

The other 38% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Quarterback Draw- 1; Down- 3; Counterkeep- 2; Midline Lead- 4; Follow- 2; Counter Option- 1; Belly Option- 1; Stretch- 3; Triple Pass- 3; Dropback Pass- 1; Iso Keep- 1; Zone Belly- 2; B-Toss- 1

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown versus Tulane

Army West Point- 17 v. Tulane- 21 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 75

69% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Zone Dive- 15; Triple Option- 13; Trap- 9; Zone Belly- 8; Zone Option- 7

The other 31% of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Dropback Pass- 4; Iso- 3; Down (Belly-G)- 3; Midline Triple Option- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Power- 2; Counter Option- 2; Counter Speed- 1; Rocket- 1; Sneak- 1; B-Toss- 1; Zone Option Pass- 1

2017 Georgia Tech Triple Option Breakdown versus North Carolina

Georgia Tech- 33 v. North Carolina- 7 F

Georgia Tech Total Offensive Plays- 76

45% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 15; Zone Dive- 10; Trap- 9

The other 55% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Sprint Pass- 8; Dropback Pass- 7; Follow- 5; Rocket- 4; Counter Option- 3; Counter Keep- 3; Triple Pass- 2; Triple Boot Pass- 2; Midline Lead- 2; Rocket Pass- 1; Counter Speed- 1; B-Toss- 1; Trap Option- 1; Quarterback Draw- 1; Midline Twirl- 1

2017 Georgia Tech Triple Option Breakdown versus Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech- 35 v. Pittsburgh- 17 F

Georgia Tech’s Total Offensive Plays- 76

55% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 18; Zone Dive- 16; Follow- 8

The other 45% of Georgia Tech’s Offense was the following: Trap- 5; Sprint Pass- 5; Rocket- 4; Triple Pass- 3; Counter Keep- 3; Counter Option- 2; Trap Option- 2; Dropback Pass- 2; Triple Boot Pass- 2; Midline Lead- 2; Midline Twirl- 1; B-Screen- 1; Quarterback Draw- 1; Hitch- 1

2017 Navy Triple Option Breakdown vs. Cincinnati

Navy- 42 v. Cincinnati- 32 F

Navy had 569 rushing yards in this game, which is the second most in school history.

Navy Total Offensive Plays- 72

71% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Triple Option- 21; Zone Dive- 14; Midline Triple- 8; Follow- 8

The other 29% of Navy’s Offense was the following: Zone Option Block- 4; Down- 2; Rocket- 2; B-Toss- 2; Zone Option- 2; Triple Pass- 2; Counter Option- 2; Mid Triple Pass- 1; Mid Lead- 1; B-Toss Pass- 1; Sneak- 1; Trap- 1

Army West Point’s Top Five Concepts Through Week 3 of 2017

Army West Point is 2-1 right now.  Here are their top five concepts through Week 3 of 2017:

1- Zone Belly was run 23 times.

2- Triple Option was run 21 times.

3- Midline Lead was run 20 times.

4- Zone Dive (Pin) was run 18 times.

5- Zone Option was run 17 times.

These five concepts are 54% of Army West Point’s 2017 Offense.  

 

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown vs. Ohio State

Army West Point- 7 vs. Ohio State- 38 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 66

52% of Army West Point’s Offense were the following five concepts: Zone Dive- 10; Midline Lead- 8; Zone Option- 8; Triple Option- 4; Trap- 4

The 0ther 48% of the offense was the following: B-Toss- 3; Rocket- 3; Midline White- 3; Zone Belly- 2; Trap Option- 2; Midline Triple Option- 2; Belly Option- 2; Dropback Pass- 2; Rocket Pass- 2; Counter Keep- 2; Trap Option Pass- 2; Down (Belly-G)- 2; B-Toss Boot Pass- 1; Follow- 1; QB Draw (Eagle)- 1; Counter Option- 1; Stretch Pass- 1

Utilizing Follow as a Constraint When #1 Cancels the B-Back on Triple

Georgia Tech and Army have been utilizing Follow as a pull read constraint in 2017.

When the defense forces a pull read on Triple Option, Tech and Army are basing #1 with the Tackle and the Quarterback follows the B-Back up the hole.

This way, when the Mike Linebacker runs over the top to take the Quarterback or pitch, the Quarterback is running up inside and the Mike runs himself out of the play.

Here is Follow versus the 4-2 defense.

Follow is blocked the same as Triple except the Playside Tackle bases and the Quarterback follows the B-Back.

This is more effective than Zone Dive, Zone Belly, or Outside Veer Give as the B-Back creates an extra blocker at the point of attack.

Utilize Follow when the defense forces a pull read on Triple.

 

2017 Army West Point Triple Option Breakdown vs. Buffalo

Army West Point- 21 v. Buffalo- 17 F

Army West Point Total Offensive Plays- 70

2/3 (67%) of Army West Point’s Offense was the following: Triple Option– 11; Zone Belly– 9; Midline Lead– 8; Rocket– 5; Zone Option– 5; Zone Dive– 5; Counter Keep– 4

Other 1/3 of the Offense (33%) was the following: Triple Pass- 3; Follow- 3; Trap- 2;  Midline White- 2; Sneak- 2; B-Screen- 1; QB Draw- 1; Sprint Pass- 1; Counter Option- 1; Dropback Pass- 1; Rocket Boot Pass- 1; Belly Option- 1; Belly Pass- 1; Zone Belly Read- 1; Outside Veer Give- 1; Down (Belly-G)- 1

2017 Navy Triple Option Breakdown vs. Tulane–Full Game

Navy 23 v. Tulane 21

Total Plays Run- 62

Zone Option- 9 (15% of offense)

Triple Pass- 8 (13% of offense)

Triple Option- 7 (11% of offense)

Midline Triple- 5 (8% of offense)

Midline White- 4 (6% of offense)

Trap- 4 (6% of offense)

Follow- 4 (6% of offense)

Zone Dive- 4 (6% of offense)

 

 

Other Plays Run

Zone Option Block- 3

Sprint Pass- 2

B-Toss Pass- 2

B-Toss- 1

B-Toss Reverse- 1

B-Screen- 1

Counter Speed- 1

Midline Lead- 1

Rocket Boot Pass- 1

Rocket- 1

Hitch- 1

Down (Belly-G) Pass- 1

Rocket Option- 1

 

Quick Facts

 

53% of Navy’s Offense was Zone Option, Triple Pass, Triple Option, Midline Triple (Zoom), and Midline White.

2017 Georgia Tech Triple Option Breakdown vs. Tennessee–First Half

Georgia Tech was leading 14-7 at Half.

Plays Run- 43

Follow- 6 (14% of offense)

Trap- 5 (11% of offense)

Rocket- 4 (9% of offense)

Zone Dive- 4 (9% of offense)

Other Plays Run

Triple- 3; Down (Belly-G)- 3; Midline Lead- 3; Dropback Pass- 3; Counter Option- 2; Sneak- 2; Rocket Pass- 2; QB Draw (Eagle)- 1; Sprint Draw (Eagle)- 1; Sprint Pass- 1; Trap Option- 1; Speed- 1;  Counter Keep- 1

Fast Fact: 65% of Georgia Tech’s Offense is Follow, Trap, Rocket, Zone Dive, Triple, Down, and Midline Lead.

Full game breakdown is upcoming…