Now that the 2022 season has come to an end for the Oregon Ducks, we can look forward to the 2023 season, and what Coach Will Stein looks to bring to the offense. Coach Stein’s offense is incredibly similar to the one that Coach Kenny Dillingham installed this past season. In fact, I don’t see the scheme, or terminology, changing much at all — just additions brought to what the Duck are already doing.
The first addition that I want to take a look at is the TE Power Read. It’s a neat play that would have actually been really useful when Bo Nix was injured towards the end of the year. It’s a play that will allow the Ducks to keep the option run game a part of the offense without having to depend on the quarterback as one of the options. Even when the QB is healthy, this variation of the Power Read/Inverted Veer adds an extra element for defenses to worry about: you never know where the ball is going to end up in this offense.
The blocking scheme for this play is the exact same as the traditional Power Read. Because the example we’re going to look at is run from 12-personnel (1RB, 2TE), the playside tight end kicks out the playside edge defender. The front side of the offensive line will all down block, while the backside guard pulls through the playside C-gap (between the TE and OT). The backside tackle pass sets unless there is an immediate threat inside.
The interior playside defensive lineman is left unblocked and read by the QB at the snap of the ball. Should the DL stay put too long or rush the QB, the running back gets the ball and runs behind the blocks of the wide receivers. This is known as Bash. If the DL widens for the RB, the QB pitches inside to the TE following the pulling guard.
In the clip above, the QB gets the “pull”/pitch read and tosses the ball to the TE for a first down on a nice 11-yard gain.
The TE Power Read is just one play that Coach Stein is going to be able to add to the Oregon Ducks offense to keep opposing defenses on their toes. It’s a play that will be just as effective as an addition as it would be as a tool when the QB run game has been limited.
Coach Eric Boles
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Phil Anderson, the FishDuck.com Volunteer editor for this article, is a trial lawyer in Bend Oregon.
Eric Boles was born and raised in Central Ohio, 25 minutes outside of the capital of Columbus. He was raised in a University of Michigan sports household, but at a young age, converted over to the Oregon Ducks. Eric has a degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and had started a second degree in Middle Childhood Education. He is also the author of one, soon to be more, children’s book.
Eric had served as an assistant wide receivers coach for the Central Ohio Technical College football program. Now he assists with the football camp provided by his local YMCA’s day camp.
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