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.
The option relies on precise execution and timing, along with the quarterback’s quick thinking. On triple option plays, the quarterback can hand off to the fullback, keep the ball himself and run, or keep the ball and then pitch to another running back.
In this graphic, we focus on the outside veer portion of the Triple Option. Click on the dots on various players to find out what their jobs are.