We asked Coach Patterson what his most productive concept was in TVCC's record breaking offense. He told us his Dump Pass has scored 12 touchdowns and averaged 15 yards per pass and 6 yards per carry. Find out how here.
By Clay Patterson
Northeast Oklahoma A&M
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Here at Trinity Valley Community College, we are a RPO based team with our base run play being the inside zone. We have quick passes tagged off of virtually every run play that we can call. The dump pass concept, which is an RPO play on the classic pop pass, is a tag that we had great success with when it was paired with our inside zone.
One of the best aspects of this concept is its versatility. We basically have the ability to run this off of any run play or anytime there is an uncovered tight end, running back, or wide receiver. The base concept is designed to be run to a three receiver side, but can be run any time you have an uncovered man. Over the last two years, we have averaged 15 yds per pass and 6 yds per run on plays that are include the dump concept.
As I mentioned, normally we call inside zone and tag the dump concept for the #3 eligible player on the backside. We always have our tackles scoop or sift to the linebackers. We want the LB’s to fill their gaps with conviction. Here are the assignments of the receivers in the play:
#1 Receiver (Dump Side) - Block head up to first threat.
#2 Receiver (Dump Side) - Runs a crawfish route. For us, that is where the receiver takes one step towards the line of scrimmage and then back pedals to the sideline.
#3 Receiver (Dump Side) – Runs the dump route. The dump route is first and foremost a hot route. He will outside release away from the inside linebacker. If he is uncovered, he will slow down in the hot window while staying outside and away from the near safety. If the play side safety is directly over the top of the dump route and the backside safety is out of the picture, will run turn the dump into a bender at 8-10 yds. The Dump Route is best executed when players understand to coverage and how to run to grass.
#1 Receiver (Zone Side / away from the dump) - Runs a three step Now route (also called a Hitch).
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Dump is a simple concept that can be highly affective versus no safety, 1 safety or 2 high safety looks. When we first implemented dump it was a set hot concept, but it has grown into a play that can beat any coverage by running the bender or attacking man coverage. The more comfortable our players have become, the more we have used this in all kinds of situations on the field. We believe in creating matchups, and this play is perfect to creating the matchups we want for the number three receiver.
Meet Coach Patterson: Coach Patterson was recently named head coach at Northeast Oklahoma A&M. Prior to that, he served as the OC at Trinity Valley Community College. In Coach Patterson’s three years at TVCC, he has helped lead their team to win 5 Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) championships (3 Conference, 2 Conference Playoffs) and 2 Heart of Texas (HOT) Bowl Game championships. His offense broke the all-time yards per game record at all levels of football with 656.1 ypg in 2015. They also set NJCAA records for total offense (7,778 in 2014), yards per game (656.1 in 2015), and total plays in a season (938 in 2014). In 23 of the 35 games he has coached at TVCC, the Cardinal offense has scored over 50 pts including 13 60 point games and eight 70 point games. TVCC’s overall record during Coach Patterson’s tenure as offensive coordinator is 29-5 with averages of 54 points per game and 604 yards per game averages. During this time, he has had five QBs sign Division 1 scholarships with two of these players winning SWJCFC Player of The Year awards. One of these players is rated by Rivals.com in 2015 as the #1 Dual-Threat QB in the country (Jérod Evans). Prior to his time at TVCC, Coach Patterson spent 6 seasons as the OC at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. While there, his offense broke 28 individual and 17 team passing records and the team won four Lone Star Conference (LSC) co-championships. With 12 overall years of NCAA Division II and NJCAA offensive coaching experience (9 as the offensive coordinator), Patterson has coached teams to a total of 98 wins, including three 10+ Win seasons.