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By Brian White
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)
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At Rose-Hulman, we have had success running RPO concepts attached to our Inside and Outside Zone runs. During the 2016 season, our personnel dictated that we needed to rely more on our Gap schemes. We still wanted to put opposing defenses in a run-pass conflict with an RPO based offense so needed to find a way to read a defender on our Gap schemes. We researched other successful programs and found that an effective way to tie in a RPO with a Gap scheme is to read a second level defender, namely the overhang LB to the side of the run.
Gap Scheme Runs
The two gap scheme runs we tied into our RPOs are Power and Counter. We like these two runs because most of the teaching is the same for the QB, OL, TE and RB.
Quarterback = Align with toes at 4.5 yards. Secure the snap. Clear the midline by taking a lateral step with your backside foot and a hinge step with your front side foot to get to 90 to get to 90 degrees. If a called run, hand the ball to the RB and carry out naked fake opposite the run. If RPO, read the play side OLB for run or pass as you mesh with the RB. Carry out throw fake if you hand the ball to the RB.
Running Back = Align with toes at 6.5 yards. Take a drop step with the backside foot, secure the handoff, blink the back side LB for cutback then read the A-B-C gaps. Be aware that the QB may pull and throw if RPO. In that case, carry out run fake.
Tight End = Block the play side C gap defender. He will usually align off of the ball with his inside foot just inside of the play side OT.
Play Side Tackle = Block the play side B gap defender. Has a possible double team with play side guard.
Play Side Guard = Block the play side A gap defender. Has a possible double team with play side tackle.
Center = Block the back side A gap defender. Has a possible double team with play side guard.
Back Side Guard = Skip pull for the play side LB.
Back Side Tackle = Hinge back side B to C gap defender.
Our Counter rules are nearly identical to the Power rules listed above. The difference being that the back side guard will now pull for the play side C gap defender and the tight end will lead through on the play side backer.
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Reading a second level defender has been an effective way to protect our Gap scheme runs from defenders folding into the box to stop the run. This concept was fairly new to us this season, so we look forward to continuing to expand upon it. As I alluded to earlier, the beauty of a RPO based offense is that you can continue to develop concepts while keeping the game simple for the offensive line.
Meet Coach White: Brian White is the Offensive Coordinator for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. Prior to Rose-Hulman, White was on staff at Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Maryland and Hargrave Military Academy.