New Playbook for Ohio State
Note to Jim Tressell:
Here is your new playbook for your all-world sophmore QB, Terrell Pryor. I know you are a throwback, tough football kind of coach, so I have put together a power offense in shotgun formations to utilize the QB as a backfield running threat.
Start with the BASICS:
This play is run from the trey formation. We keep a tight end on the line to maintain a strong zone run threat with the extra blocker. The two receivers split out to the tight end side spread the defensive secondary and shift defensive strength away from the side the QB has the option of running to. On the snap, the line blocks for standard zone running. The back either takes a handoff and hits the hole or the QB keeps it and runs around the weak side. This is the exact play Vince Young beat both Michigan and USC with in the Rose Bowl in consecutive years.
A simple play action off the zone play. A simple High-Low read for Pryor to make, or he can run.
Another play action pass with Pryor reading the Will linebacker. The run fake brings the linebackers up hard to stop both the running back and the QB. A quick post by the slot receiver over the Will linebacker will get 8-12 yards easily. Again, a simple read and throw. Urban Meyer’s Utah team ran this play repeatedly in 2004 on their way to a perfect season and a BCS-busting fiesta bowl win.
The final play action pass. Everyone has this in the playbook. Fake run, quick pass to a swinging receiver. This would have crushed USC- no one covered the slot receiver all game.
The power play made for the shotgun. See the New York Giants’ 2007 championship season for this play. Spread the field, power the ball.
Florida’s 2008 championship season featured this power play with Tim Tebow in the backfield. Fake zone one way and the QB follows lead blocking through the hole for solid yards.
Basically, let Terrell Pryor run. Let him get hit. Make his reads easy and use misdirection and play action to facilitate open looks. Make your spread package a power package- the reflection of your 2002 National Championship offense.