In part 1 of the Option I we covered a basic introduction to our version of the Option I, why we went to it, and our two basic formations. This week’s post will focus on how we called and executed our basic dive option series. We called it our 30’s series. The dive option is just as it sounds, the quarterback fronts out to play side and puts the ball in the fullback’s belly as he gets on his dive path. It’s a two step approach for the QB and he needs to get depth, allowing the fullback more space to find his seam and cut. If 32 is called, the play goes to the right, 33 and the play goes left. If it’s a 32 or 33 call the fullback IS GETTING THE BALL. If it’s a 38 or 39 call the players know the fullback is NOT GETTING THE BALL. So – it’s not true triple option. Calling it double option would probably be best.
Dive Option – 30 Series
The QB needs to make his steps with arms extended and reaching back to the fullback. As he seats the ball in the fullback’s belly he “rides” the fullback going hip to hip with the ride. After giving the ball to the fullback (32) the QB carries out his option frame with the tailback and fakes a pitch to the tailback. If 38 is called, all backs now know that the ball will be pulled from the fullback’s belly. But it definitely needs to look like the fullback is getting the ball and must be kept in his belly as long as possible before the QB pulls it. The quarterback then continues with the ball downhill as he attacks the perimeter of the defense. As the QB attacks the perimeter he makes a decision to keep the ball or pitch to the tailback. If the QB sees any kind of seam he keeps the ball, cuts to the seam and makes a play. If the contain defender closes hard, he pitches to the tailback. Whether 32 or 38 is called, the play looks exactly the same to the defense. Shown below is the dive option (32/38) to the strong side. A 33/39 call from this formation would be a weak side dive option.
The blocking scheme to be used is tagged at the end of the call. On a 32 or 33 a base block or wedge block is used. Another word for a base block is a Fire block. Get your linemen thinking “fire out hard”. Examples of calling the play in the huddle would be, “Right 32 Fire or Right 32 Wedge” . The backs know they are running dive option action and the line knows how they’re blocking it. In fact, the only word the linemen need to know is Fire. They know a Fire block is straight ahead base blocking. If the call is “Right 38 Fire” the players know they are in Right formation, the ball will be pulled from the fullback’s belly, and the QB will attack the perimeter and either keep or pitch. Shown below is Fire blocking and Wedge blocking.
Another blocking scheme that can be used is the Veer block with the tight end. Right 38 Veer means that everyone will fire block except the tight end. He will skip the D end, execute an arc release, and block force from a backer or safety. In this case the QB knows the D end is not getting blocked and will likely get hard pressure. Shown below is the tight end executing a Veer block.
This is a simple series to learn and execute but it must be repped every day. Start your freshman team (or youth team) with this series from day one. It must be repped over and over so that it becomes second nature. By aligning either Right or Left, or Twins Right and Left, a lot of different looks can be given to this series. The next part of the series will show the Dive Option being run from the base formations.
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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.