In addition to the two run plays discussed in the previous post on Nebraska’s outside running scheme there were three main option plays used with this blocking scheme as well. The three options mentioned by Milt Tenopir in his book “The Assembly Line” were Nebraska’s 1) base dive option, 2) speed option, and 3) trap option play. Since all three employ outside zone techniques already discussed I’ll just post sample images, post a few video clips of the plays, and also link to the plays in the old Nebraska play book for those interested in more details. In certain spots I’ll add selected comments from Coach Tenopir.
11-19 Dive Option TE Side
The basic dive option was the bread and butter option play for Nebraska over the years according to Coach Tenopir. The QB had the authority to check to this dive option any time he felt the opportunity presented itself. Line splits for this play were one foot.
The ability to run the dive option was vital according to Coach Tenopir in terms of reducing the number of blitzes Nebraska had to worry about. Most teams are hesitant to blitz good option teams as the result is often a big play when a defensive player is caught out of position. In addition he notes the good thing about option football into blitzing defenses is that the secondary is normally playing man coverage and in many cases the WR’s can merely run the defensive backs down field.
Here is a sample diagram of the play being run to the tight end side of the formation.
11-19 Dive Option Split End Side
Nebraska would also run the play to the split end side of the formation to balance tendencies. The QB would often either / or the play and decide the best direction to run the play at the line of scrimmage. Here are three sample diagrams below for running the play to the split end side of the formation
Here is a few minutes of Coach Tenopir discussing the basic dive option on tape. The image and sound quality are not the greatest but you should be able to make out most of the details.
11-19 FB Arc Option
As a minor modification to the base dive option Nebraska also ran the play with the fullback acting as a lead blocker. This version was referred to as the Arc Option due to the path of the full to the outside of the formation. Option key was still the end man on the line of scrimmage.
Here are a couple examples of the Arc Option version described by Coach Tenopir.
Arc Option Video Clip
Speed Option 2 TE Set
The second main type of option based off the outside zone scheme was the one back speed option. Nebraska ran this play out of a lot of 2 TE sets and would run the play to the most favorable side or whichever player they wished to attack. Here is a sample diagram out of the balanced 2 TE set.
Speed Option Spread Set
In order to break tendencies however Nebraska would also run the play to the split end side out of what they called their “spread formation” as well.
Speed Option Video Examples
32-38 Trap Option TE Side
The third main type of option off the outside zone blocking scheme was the trap or belly option. This play did involve a pulling play side guard but it was largely still based off the pull and overtake principles in the Nebraska outside zone running scheme. Here is a sample diagram to the tight end side of the formation.
32-38 Trap Option Split End Side
Here is a sample diagram to the split end side of the formation.
32-38 Trap Option Power I Goal Line Set
This play was a Nebraska staple on the goal line according to Coach Tenopir. In these instances they often aligned in the Power I formation and utilized one more blocking back on the play.
Video clips for Trap Option