College, I would like to thank the Summer Manual committee and the AFCA for the opportunity to contribute to the2003
is a proud charter member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which participates at the NCAA Division II level. This past season, the Bobcats fin- ished as the WVIAC champions with a 6-1 conference record. Many factors con- tributed to our team\u2019s success from our players\u2019 extraordinary effort and a group of outstanding assistant coaches; Paul Price (defensive coordinator), Ron Boyd (offen- sive line), Andy Upton (wide receivers), Adam Martiny (defensive line), and John Fey (secondary).
During my 20 years as a head coach I have always strived to have a balanced off e n- sive attack. This year, our offense finished 22nd in the nation, averaging 417 yards per game (4,588 total). We were 15th nationally, rushing for 221 yards a game (2,431 total) and averaged 196 yards a game passing. Play- action yardage accounted for 45 percent or our passing attack production.
sistent reads that will make them guess and will take away their attack mentality and aggressiveness.
(wide receivers, tight ends and running- backs); spread the wealth and keep every- one involved.
defensive line and linebackers with drive block mechanics firing out hard with an aggressive first step. Man on, stay low, maintaining blocking surface keeping the
defender\u2019s hands down, move feet. Man off (linebacker), first step aggressive to draw linebacker up take second step for balance being prepared for blitz or hard fill then ready to help other offensive linemen.
up front understand the rule for illegal line- man downfield. If uncovered we want our o ffensive linemen to sell linebacker by going no more than 1-2 yards, if covered block aggressively maintaining blocking surface, if you move the defender down- field after 3-4 yards stay down!
rolling over top with shoulders and upper arm at mesh point with quarterback to hide your pocket.
keeping shoulders down to be able to hide your pocket as long as possible making the defenders think you have the football.
ble, never fake on air. Make sure quarter- back uses quick steps to get to mesh point with runningback.
scrimmage with your eyes to help sell the p l a y. Depending on play design, some looks can be longer than others.
back in the \u201cV\u201d of his crotch in a vertical position so the defenders cannot see the ends of the ball.
Your most effective play-action passes will come from the run actions that your offense is most successful with, at West Virginia Wesleyan they are (Iso, Power, Dive and Counter-Tre).
Diagram 1 shows our Iso Pass from an I-Pro formation. This is a pass that we have had a lot of success over the years using on the first play of the game or on a first and 10 situation when the Iso run play is used most f r e q u e n t l y. If we notice a real active free safe- ty on run support we will use this to try and get behind him. It is a big yard gainer or touchdown. And if incomplete, it will help keep that free safety more honest and slow run support when he sees the Iso action.
o\u2019clock, work depth to tailback. Two-handed Iso fake placing ball in \u201cV\u201d of crotch to hide from defense, use off hand to extend out towards the tailback as separation develops. Slightly hesitate and freeze eyes on tailback then take a gather step and make read:
with quarterback attacking into the line of scrimmage. Be ready to block after selling fake!
steps to get proper mesh with the tailback. Use two hand fake placing ball in \u201cV\u201d of crotch and a quick off hand action following tailback. Use a quicker look with your eyes and start boot action. Use guards block to break contain and find the tight end on his route.
backers, find tight end in open voids, throw on run attacking line of scrimmage, run for posi- tive yardage if tight end is not open.)
le. Make good mesh with quarterback rolling over top of the quarterback\u2019s ball fake, keep shoulders down and block defensive end.
Diagrams 3 and 4 show play-action pass- es to the tight end and wide receivers off of fullback dive action. In going to the tight end we want to hit the tight end in the vertical seam just as he is clearing the front side linebacker. The slant routes to the wide receivers have been effective particularly against two deep cornerbacks with limited underneath support.
hand mesh with fullback, keep two hands on ball and get quick delivery. Hit wide receiver on slant route. Check front-side wide receiver then backside if needed.
Diagram 5 shows a very successful play action pass for us off of our tailback counter- tre run action. This is a progressive read for our quarterback looking at our flanker (Z) first on the fade and then reading the underneath coverage looking to the fullback in the flat and then the tight end up the seam.
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