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By Jace Schillinger, Offensive Coordinator, Dickinson State University (ND)

Using the quarterback as the primary runner this season helped Dickinson State (ND) alleviate many issues it was having with a youthful offensive line. But using traditional read concepts like zone and power read were proving fruitless against gap exchanges. So, in 2014 offensive coordinator Jace Schillinger installed both QB counter and QB G lead concepts and tied them to RPOs. Since that time, the Blue Hawks have averaged 7.5 yards per play on these schemes and produced 228 rushing yards a game this season. Coach Schillinger details these two concepts in this exclusive clinic report. Read here. Click here to read the report.


By Jace Schillinger
Offensive Coordinator
Dickinson State University (ND)
Twitter: @jaceschillinger

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schillingerThe past couple of seasons, we have been trying to play “11 on 10” football. We had a quarterback that was a nice runner and could do a great job in the read game. This approach also helped our young offensive line that was not ready physically to handle some of the defensive players on our schedule. 

During this time, we ran a steady diet of zone read and power read concepts. It worked well for us, but our opponents soon began playing different games against us up front to muddy up the read for the QB. Against the zone read, the defense would crash the end on running back and loop linebacker for quarterback. Against the power read, we saw defenses collisioning the mesh point and looping the linebacker.

To counter these tactics, we needed something different to slow down both the end and linebacker while getting the ball on perimeter and giving the QB a lead blocker.  The result was our G Read concept . Since installing this play about halfway through the 2014 season, we have averaged almost 7.5 yards/play on G Read. 

Base G Concept:

At its core, this concept is quite similar to everyone’s “G” play. The difference is that we pull for the backside LB and leave the front side LB. The quarterback is taught to read the LB head up of the center to the playside tackle. If the read key flows with the jet motion, our QB keep will keep the ball running the QB “G” scheme. If the linebacker doesn’t flow, the QB will give to jet motion back and we feel we can get the edge.

The play side guard is responsible for the down defender to his side whether that defender is in a 3-technique or a 2i-technique. If he gets a 3-technique, his job is the exact same as it is for the play side tackle in that he must try and capture the outside wing. If he gets a 2i-technique, he is simply down blocking on him to ensure that there is no penetration. 

We are fold blocking the center and backside pulling guard. It is important that the center cannot miss on the backside guard, because then the quarterback run is dead. He has to stay firm and not allow penetration. The pulling guard looks for to insert through the line depending on what he sees pre-snap. If he is pulling towards the 2i-technique, he knows he will need to pull wider to get around the 2i. If he is pulling towards the 3-technique, he is simply fold blocking with the center and straight up to the linebacker. It is important for his eyes to be trained to look back for the Will LB, because if QB keeps it that is the block we have to make to get play started. 

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This play may not fit everybody’s playbook for personnel, but it has fit ours the past couple years.  We have a smart, running quarterback and some slot receivers that played running back in high school, so they are used to getting handoffs. This is a play you must rep in practice for exchange and timing purposes.


Meet Coach Schillinger: Jace Schillinger just completed his third year as offensive coordinator at his alma mater Dickinson State University. Under Schillinger the Blue Hawks finished #8 in the NAIA in rushing yards/game at 238.7 yards/game. The Blue Hawks offense saw improvement from 1,123 rushing yards in 2013 to 2,743 rushing yards/game in 2016. The Blue Hawks have averaged 232.4 rushing yards/game the past three seasons, in 2013 the Blue Hawks averaged only 102 yards rushing/game.

Prior to returning to Dickinson, he served as the running backs coach at the University of North Dakota. Prior to UND, he had coaching stints at three high schools in Montana. As a player, Schillinger was a 2-time All-American and holds school records for most yards rushing and scoring.  



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