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KY s Air Raid Offense AFCA Proceedings 1999

KY s Air Raid Offense AFCA Proceedings 1999

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iscrucialtohaveagreatoptionrouterunner.We'vebeenfortunatetohaveAnthonyWhitefortwoseasonstorunoptionroutes,andwehavehimbackonemoreseasonin'99.Hehascaught59and78passesthelasttwoseasons.TheZwillrunapost-curlat14-17yardsonthebackside.Hewillsettleintheopengrassvs.zone.HeisourfourthoptionontheV-crossroute.TheFwillcheckreleaseandrunaswingashedidonthemeshrouteandwillbethefifthoption.Bothbackswillcheckonallour5-7stepdropbackpasses.ThequarterbackwillreadXontheupfirst,V-crosssecond,H-third,Z-fourth,andF-fifth.Thelastplaytodayisoneofourquickscreens.Thisscreenisgoodversuspressorsoftcoverage.TheUniversityofMontanahasbeengreatatrunningthisforyears,Thequarterbackreadshightolow:corner(Z)NO.1,meshNO.2,backsNO.3,whiletakinga5-7stepdrop.AnothergreatplayforushasbeenourV-crossplay(Diagram3).Weusethisplayseveraltimesagamefromavarietyofformations.
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anhonortospeakinfrontofyoutoday.Iwouldliketodiscussthreeofthe'b-;;stplaysinouroffense.ThefirstplayisourMeshplaythatisdiagrammedforyou(Diagram1).The"V,"whichcanbeatightendorawidereceiverisresponsibleforworkingtoadepthofnodeeperthansixyardswhenhereachesthecenter.Ashecrossesthecenter,hewillsettleintheopenareawhichwecall"grass,"andfacethequarterbackreadytoreceivetheball.
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Thisdrillisdoneatone-quarterspeed,andallowsmanythingstobeaccomplishedwhilewarmingup.Inaten-minuteperiod,ourreceiversarecatchingballswhilelooseningtheirlegs.Ourquarterbacksareworkingonthequarterback/centerexchange,drops,andaccuracy.Thequarterbackwillworkwiththecenterontheexchange,andthentakehisspecifieddrop(e.g.three-step,five-step,andseven-step).Oncehehitshislaststep,hewillstepupinthepocketwaitingforthereceivertofacehim.Whenthereceiverisready,thequarterbackwillreleasethefootballaimingforthereceiver'snumberthatisfarthestawayfromthenearestdummy.Thistellsthereceiverwhichdirectiontoturn.(Diagram6)Thisprocessiscontinuedwitheachreceivertakingturns.Ifyou
have
morethanonequarterback,severalstationscanbegoingonsimultaneously.
Diagram6
Settle/NooseDrill:Thisisthefirstdrillthatourquarterbacks,receivers,tightends,runningbacks,andcentersparticipateinoncetheyrunontothefield.Placingtwodummiestenyardsapartonthesidelinesetsupthisdrill.The
receivers
willlineupbehindonedummywhilethequarterbackandcenterlineuponthelineperpendiculartothesideline.(Diagram5)Thereceiverwillstartinagoodstance,andreleaseonthequarterback'scadence.Hewillproceedtosettleclosertoonedummy,thantheother.Hewillthenfacethequarterbackwithhishandsinthenooseposition(thumbstogetherandindexfingerstogether)readytocatchthefootball.Oncetheballiscaught,hewillthenturnstraightupfield.
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CoachFranklinhasalreadydiscussedafewofourbasepatterns,andnowIwouldliketotalkabouthowweactuallyteachtheseroutesandthefundamentalsthatareneededtoexecutethemproperly.Onecandescribeouroffenseasawellcoachedbackyardteam.Wefirmlybelieveinthrowingthefootballshortfirst,longsecond,andthenrunthefootballwhenthenumbersintheboxare
favorable.
Anotherbeliefofoursistokeepthingssimpleandputourplayersinapositiontosucceed.Weneverwanttoaskanathletetodosomethingthatheisunabletodoeffectively.Inouroffense,thequarterbackisthekeytooursuccess.Sincethisisthecase,wekeepourschemes
very
simplebecausewecanrunonlywhatheiscapableofcomprehending.Soinourdealingswiththequarterback,wefollowfourbasicobjectives:1.Wetrytobefairwithhimespeciallythewaywetreathiminfrontoftheotherplayers.Theworstthingonecandowithaquarterbackistodestroyhisconfidenceandtheteam'sconfidenceinhimbydegradinghiminpublic.2.Wemustalsobefirmwithhim.Weallowourquarterbackstocheckplaysatthelineofscrimmagewhenneeded.However,byallowingthis,wemustlethimknowthathebetter
have
goodreasontocheckoutofplayscalledfromthesideline.Inotherwords,wehandleourquarterbackwithanironfistanda
velvetglove.
3.Wetrytomakefootballasmuchfunaspossible.Wedonotstretchorrunsprints.Everythingthatwedoisgearedtowardsplayingfootball.Infact,recentlyIhadtheopportunitytohearCoachSpikeDykes
give
alecture.Hesummeditupinonesentence,
'We
donotworkfootball,weplayfootball."4.Themostimportantobjectiveisputtingemphasisontheimportanceoffundamentals.Weworkharddailyonfootballfundamentalsandfeelthatourattentiontodetailhasallowedouroffensetobeamongthenation'sbestthepasttwoyears.Ouroffensiveschemesare
very
simple,butwetrytobecome
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goodatthefewthingswedo.Thisisaccomplishedbygettingasmanyrepetitionsaspossibleina
very
shortperiodoftime.ThetwodrillsthatIwouldliketosharewithyoutodayarethebasiccogsthatmakeouroffensego.BoththeSettle/NooseandRoutesonAiraredrillsspecificallydesignedtomakethemostofyourtimewhileonthefield.Rememberthattimeisonethingthatcannotbereplaced.ThisisagreatopportunityandprivilegeformetospeaktoyoutodayabouttheUniversityofKentucky"AirRaid"offense.alongwithmanyotherscreens.Theiroffensivecoordinator,BrentPeace,isoneofthesharpestmindsinthecountry.Theplay-sidereceiver(wide)isresponsiblefordrivingupthefieldthreehardstepstoselltheverticalroute,beforestickingandretracinghisstepsbehindthelineofscrimmageandbacktowardsthehashmarkandquarterback.Heshouldreceivetheballbeforereachingthehashandturnupthefieldinsidetheplay-sideguardskick-outblock(Diagram4).Itisimportantthathetruststheguard,setuphisblock,andgetstraightupthefieldafterthecatch.
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Theinsideplay-sidereceiverwilldriveverticalforhalfthedistanceofwherethedefenderwillendupwhoisguardingtheball-catchingreceiver.Hewillthenstickandplanthisinsidefoot,breaksharptowardthedefender,andkickhimoutatapproximatelythetimeofthereception.Bothtackleswilllockonandpass-prothedefensiveends.Theplay-sideguardwillpasssetfor1001count,andthenreleaseflattokickoutNO.2(Diagram4).Thecenterwillpass-setfor1001count,andrelease,toblocktheMikelinebacker.Thefullback'sfakewillhelpholdtheMikeuntilthecentercangetthere.Thebacksideguardwillpass-setto1001count,andreleasetoblockNO.4orattackanylagging"trash"alongtheway.TheYwillchecktheSamblitz,andreleasetoblockSam.Theoutsidereceiverawaywillfakequickscreen,andthenreleasetoblockhiscorner.Thequarterbackwillflashtheballandquickfakehisfullback;hewillglancetotheoppositeside,sethisfeet,andthrowonrhythm.Thefullbackwillfakeandblocktheman
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theplaysideguard.Thishasbeenagreatplayforusfortwoseasons.Thanksforgivingmethisopportunitytospeak.
ChrisHatcher,Quarterbacks
Proceedings76thAFCAConvention1999
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