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Oregon’s New Straddled Triple Option Combo Series
The big wins do more for the next level Oregon fan than simply allow us to watch the fun plays and eye the reserves. Sub-division teams like Tennessee Tech may not provide a fair assessment of the 2012 Oregon Ducks team, as Fresno State has been the only team to offer up much resistance if any against the starters, but these first games have given an opportunity to learn about an important play series emerging, and the new wrinkles that are clearly taking a larger role in the Duck playbook than in prior years.
Chip likes to utilize his personnel to their unique strengths, so let’s see how he does it with Oregon’s new Straddled Triple Option Combo Series!
Recently I wrote about how I was surprised to see combo-variations of the Straddled Triple Option during last year’s campaign. So imagine my delight to see it surface again, during De’Anthony Thomas’ early touchdown run. (See above)
Remember that I call it the Straddled Triple Option because Oregon attacks a defense in both directions, unlike the normal triple options executed by other teams that flow in one direction. Which direction the play develops depends on the quarterback’s read of the defense.
On the play seen above Oregon attacks in the direction of the Sweep Read, as Tyler Johnstone and Hroniss Grasu pull and make tremendous blocks on the outside. Oregon also has superb sealing blocks to the inside by Ryan Clanton and freshman Pharaoh Brown at the tight end spot. On the outside there are great blocks by the wide receivers – Rahasaan Vaughn and Dwayne Stanford.
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