Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Inside the Playbook: Nebraska and Running Triple Option off the Inverted Veer Look

Over the past few years, Nebraska has done some creative things with the spread option run game. The veer play, once a staple of many triple option offenses as Nebraska fans know, has made its way into spread football via the "inverted veer". Once teams started figuring out the straight veer play, teams started incorporating a veer triple option, which one of the ways Cornhusker teams of the ‘90s moved the ball at will on over-matched opponents. It is no different in the spread system. In the past few years, I've seen Nebraska do two different things to counter the inverted veer version of the scrape exchange defense. In this article, I will highlight those two plays.
First, let's start with the basics of the veer read. I'm assuming I don't need to spend a large amount of time explaining the system to this fan base, so I'll only touch on the basics.
From under center, the QB will step laterally at a 4 O'clock position. His eyes are immediately drawn to the playside DE. Meanwhile, the RB is taking a direct line off tackle, well inside of the defensive end. The QB is reading this defender, and if he crashes down to squeeze the RB's hole, the QB will pull the ball from the RB's belly and keep it around the edge.

To continue reading and to see how Nebraska utilizes the old fashion veer triple option out of the spread and how they utilize a bubble off the inverted veer look, follow the link.

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