April 23, 2009 |
All the rage in college football, the spread offense has become somewhat of a scourge for NFL talent evaluators. "It gets more difficult with the evolution of the spread offense because the things they're doing in college, most of it won't transfer to the NFL," Kevin Colbert, director of football operations for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, said at the NFL scouting combine in February. "So you're really looking for physical characteristics. Like the footwork, even though you don't see a lot of footwork in the shotgun and the spread.
September 5, 2010 |
Pennsville visits Gloucester Catholic Nov. 6 in a West Jersey Football League interdivision clash of two of South Jersey's pass-happiest teams. "That game could take six hours," Pennsville coach Ryan Wood said. Pennsville and Gloucester Catholic have smart, strong-armed senior quarterbacks. Both teams run spread offenses that feature three or four wide receivers and showcase running backs in the passing game as much as the ground game. The same goes for Washington Township and Winslow Township, perennial playoff teams that will meet in the season opener on Saturday afternoon.
September 1, 2010 |
Many of the top college football programs thrive with a version of the spread offense. At Florida, it's the spread-option. It's the shotgun-spread at Purdue. Georgia Tech employs the triple-option spread. The popularity of the spread has reached high schools, too, making the game faster and more wide-open than ever. "It has filtered down from the colleges," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said. The premise of the spread is as the word suggests: The offense wants to spread the defense out, forcing it to cover more space.
April 2, 2002 |
While waiting for his turn in a drill yesterday at Temple's Geasey Field, Owls defensive back Terrance Leftwich was moved to exhort his teammates. "We have to get this thing working!" the senior shouted. It was the first day at spring practice at Temple, and Leftwich and the other Owls seemed to be on the same page with their enthusiasm. New offensive coordinator David Brock and defensive coordinator Ray Monica put their units through a spirited seven-on-seven session toward the end of the 2 1/2-hour practice.
July 27, 2008 |
Big Ten coaches are still fighting the perception that their conference is stuck in the dark ages of college football - all run and no pass - and, thus, one of the lesser weights among BCS conferences. They argue that they've been a bunch of sissies for years, passing as much as any league. Eight of 11 teams seem intent on running the pass-oriented spread offense. Purdue's Joe Tiller was among the first. He recalled the first time his team played Penn State in 1997 and the conversation with his old friend, Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, on the field before the contest.
August 29, 2002 |
When the Temple football team unveils its new spread offense tonight at Franklin Field against Richmond in the season opener for both teams, one thing will remain the same. The Owls, whose defensive leader is all-Big East tackle Dan Klecko, will again be counting on tailback Tanardo Sharps to carry the ball. Sharps, a 5-foot-11, 193-pound senior, is on the Doak Walker watch list as one of the nation's top runners. A 1,000-yard rusher as a sophomore, Sharps will be the featured back behind quarterback Mike McGann in Temple's no-huddle, no-fullback scheme.
September 1, 2010
Matt Cookson Cookson, a three-year starter, directs the Bulldogs' spread offense working from a no-huddle, shotgun formation. He passed for more than 1,500 yards and ran for 700 more last year as Class A Morrisville finished 7-5. Coach Jim Gober said Cookson looked right at home playing in a 7-on-7 league earlier this summer at West Chester University. The schools in the league were usually much larger than Morrisville. "He's good academically, and he also plays baseball - he's a pitcher and outfielder," Gober said.
August 29, 2008 |
The newest innovation in high school football is the A-11 offense. But don't expect to see it here, at least not right away. The A-11 offense, devised by a couple of coaches in California - Kurt Bryan and Steve Humphries - makes all 11 players (wearing numbers 1-49 or 80-99) eligible receivers. It features two quarterbacks in the shotgun formation with no one under center, thereby meeting the criteria for a scrimmage kick formation under National Federation rules. Spreading the offense across the field forces the defense to account for every possible receiver on each play, although only five players can go downfield to catch a pass and at least seven players must be up on the line of scrimmage.
January 29, 2013 |
The way the story goes, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was partly responsible for starting Chip Kelly's meteoric rise from assistant coach at New Hampshire to head coach of the Eagles. So it would be fitting, somehow, if Smith wound up being Kelly's quarterback in Philadelphia. More on that idea in a bit. First, the anecdote that jumped out while researching Kelly's background earlier this month. In 2003, Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti caught a glimpse of football's future in a game against Utah.
September 8, 2010 |
Rondell Gilmore can light up the basketball court as well as the football field. But he's even more versatile than that. He somehow managed to persuade his old-school coach to embrace a new-wave offense. Gilmore helped Kingsway to back-to-back South Jersey Group 3 titles in basketball as a sophomore and junior. His future likely is in football, probably at the Division I level. But his neatest trick has been talking longtime Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk - a 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust guy if ever there was one - into implementing a spread offense.