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Interactive: Midline option

What does the offense look for in the midline option?

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 3:49 p.m. CDT
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Prairie Ridge quarterback Brett Covalt hands off to fullback Zack Greenberg during the second half of the Class 6A playoff game in Rockford Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

What is the Triple Option?

The triple option was devised more than 70 years ago and remains an effective, though less-utilized system today.

That suits option coaches fine. They tell you the less defenses see option teams, the tougher it is for them to stop their own option.

There are three basic plays with the option, midline (up the middle), inside veer (off the guard’s hip) and outside veer (off the tackle’s hip). Players have tracks, like railroad tracks for their paths according to Prairie Ridge football coach Chris Schremp, based on how the defense lines up.

Here, we go inside the midline option. Click on the dots on various players to learn what their job is on the midline option.

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