Nassau Community College (NY) is currently ranked 8th in the country and has a perfect 5-0 record. Much of that is due to their proficient and overpowering run game. One of their most effective concepts was the Trey Read, which when packaged with various other tags, could be lethal on defenses. Nassau C.C. head coach and offensive coordinator Joe Osovet details the entire scheme below.
By Joe Osovet
Nassau Community College (NY)
Editor’s Note: Known too many as an "Offensive Innovator" Joe Osovet serves as the offensive Coordinator at Nassau Community College in New York. During his time there, his teams have had tremendous offensive success and finishing at the top of the division rankings. Joe pioneered an innovative spread offense in 2012 to lead the NJCAA in most offensive categories. His highly effective offense produced two thousand yard rushers and garnered a top ranked scoring offense which averaged over 41 points per game. Joe Osovet is a much sought after keynote speaker on his spread offense. He is a regularly featured speaker at Glazier and Nike Football clinics across the country. Joe brings charisma, energy and devotion along with his 18 years’ experience to the coaching profession.
Our rushing offensive philosophy here is to incorporate as many triple options as we can in unconventional ways thus keeping the defense out of their comfort zone and forcing them to play assignment football. For two consecutive years now Nassau has been one of the top rushing teams in the country. Our successful rushing attack led to two thousand yard rushers in 2012 averaging over 272 yards a game and over 236 yards a game this past season. The success our running game has had the past couple of years is directly related to what we call our package or plays.
When we create our packages, we are combining either a run / pass option or a run / run option all based on what the defense is doing. Again, we want to ensure that the defensive can never be right and gaining a numbers advantage at the point of attack. We also believe that these packages help our quarterbacks by providing them with anoutlet to go with the football.
The process starts with us combining a quick pass or sprint pass with our base power run game. We look at the concepts and who they effect to allowing the QB to throw on the run off of a crashing defensive end (which we call the “Bender”) while attacking the alley. We wanted to incorporate more than just the “stick/draw” concept that is rather prevalent. We found that the possibilities are endless and is all predicated on the defender you are trying to read or manipulate.
Trey Read as a Play Package
One of the most successful play packages we incorporate is our Trey Read concept. This package combines our Trey Read counter scheme with secondary manipulation and the ability to run speed option out the back door. All plays/variations within this package are based on reading the backside defensive end which we call the “bender.” The Trey Read can be run out of any personal grouping. It creates the illusion of complexity but in reality to execute this package is quite simplistic.
Base Trey Read Rules:
Y: Arc & close to anything that crosses your face (Cruise Technique)
F: Attack “C” gap defender (cannot be the DE Cruiser)
TB: 6 inch stretch step, follow Playside Guard and Playside Tackle. Don't rush “slow to-fast through.” We teach our backs that they are responsible for the mesh point not the QB. We want our QB to see the entire picture on the edge such as gap exchange, zone pressure. etc.
If in (Red/Blue or East/West) drop step, get into 3x 5 pitch relationship, you have Speed Opt out back door vs a "Bender” or chasing defensive end.
QB: Eyes on key read (Defensive End). If he slow plays or comes up the field, give the ball to the TB. If he becomes a “bender” and chases down the line, pull the ball and attack the alley with the secondary manipulation that was called (explained next).
Playside Tackle: Against an even front – Combo the 2 or 3 Tech with the playside guard to backside LB. Against an odd front – Combo 4 or 5 tech with the tight end. Note if the PST is aligned against a 4 Tech he must expect a pinch and catch it.
Playside Guard: Against an even front - Combo the 2 or 3 Tech with the playside tackle backside LB. Against an odd front – If uncovered, combo with the center to B gap LB
Center: Against an even front – If facing a man on or shade combo with the playside quard. When facing a "G" look post and climb to the Will. Against an odd front – combo with the playside guard to backside "20" LB. Note: In an odd front, the center must expect the nose to slant and he must catch it or wash it down.
Backside Guard: Pull and trap 4, 5, or 9 tech. Inside out
Backside Tackle: Against an even front – Pull and eye the "C" gap LB. against an odd front – Execute a shorter pull into B Gap and "HUNT YOUR PREY"!
Tagging the Plays
Obviously, the key to making this all work is correctly choosing the secondary manipulation that will best effect the defense. Each week we prepare our Trey Read concept to run out of the optimal personnel to maximize our numbers advantages. We then work to stick with that personnel grouping as much as possible during the game.
In addition to working the numbers, we also are very diligent to disguise our favorite plays from multiple backfields sets. When we determine we are running certain things from certain backfields sets we need to break tendencies with a different look as to not tip defense to what we want to run.
Once we are in the game, our tags are all predicated on how the defense is trying to attack us. We are specifically prepared with a gameplan to address the most common schemes we see; Gap exchange and Secondary play.
Gap Exchange: If we are getting gap exchange we need to add a front side manipulator to account for scrape backer. This is done by running a razor or bubble screen, slant / bubble or slant / razor combo, or adding a front side cruiser / H cruiser to block scrape backer.
Secondary Play: If they are giving us a real cheat player over #2 and we can’t block him we might tag the call with an “arrow” concept now off the pull the cheat player has to play Q in alley or run with slide/slant combination.
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The Trey Read Package creates significant challenges for defenses we face. The wrinkles that we include are limitless. When you start to incorporate shifts motions and tags you really see significant false fits from defenders. This play is a staple of our offense and is very easily installed.