Play of the Day: Mills off Toss Read Play Action

Today’s play of the day is from Mississippi State (2018-19).

They run this concept to the boundary and fake a toss read (power read with toss action) in the backfield. They actually scored on a QB pull off the toss read the previous drive. They dial up the “Mills” concept to Hi/Lo the Safety with a Dig from #2 and a Post over the top from #1. The #1 WR does an excellent job of “bowing” his route stem to widen the corner’s leverage and give the QB a lot of space to throw the post once that safety picks up the Dig from #2.

PA Mills

Play of the Day: RB Flood/Scissors

Today’s Play of the Day was from 2019 LSU against Bama.

More and more teams are running this RB Flood/Scissors look which uses the RB from the backfield on the Corner/Out.

#1 WR Runs a post, #2/TE runs a flat, and the RB runs a corner or deep out. Such an effective concept because it just isn’t used that often and it is tough to pick up #3 vertical and outside from the backfield.

Post clears the CB and Safety, Force defender goes with the flat, wide open RB out of the backfield. LSU runs a levels concept backside in this example.

RB Flood/Scissors

Play of the Day: Goal Line Sneak Flat

Today’s Play of the Day is from Illinois.

They line up in 30 or 21 personnel (depends if you consider the Y sniffer a Back or a TE) and run split zone action. They’d run split zone action earlier in the red zone. This time however the Y bypasses the TE to “sneak” to the flat. The backs criss cross with the left back coming across the formation to get a second route into the flat should the first flat route be covered. There’s an added “Rub” element to the play with the single WR working inside to pull his corner with him as well as create a natural rub for any one covering man to man out of the backfield. Could do this as an RPO but I think this is a called play action with how flat the OL stays.

GL Sneak Flat

Play of the Day: TE Throwback Screen

Today’s Play of the Day comes is a Tight End Throwback Screen from Indiana.

Indiana starts in a 3×1 FIB (Formation Into Boundary) condensed set with the RB cheated out to the field. The slot WR runs across the formation in deep motion with the QB faking to him and continuing to semi roll to the field.

The motion, RB alignment, and QB path all attract the defense’s eyeballs and you can see most of the defense pursuing to the wide side of the field. The #1 works inside to crack/seal the inside backer while the corner actually begins to follow him across the formation expecting a drag route and roll out. The LT & LG work inside showing a zone or slide look then leak out to the flat to lead block for the throwback screen.

TE Throwback Screen

Play of the Day: Bucksweep Reverse

Today’s Play of the Day is from 2019 Auburn. This reverse concept can be appreciated by Wing T and Air Raid coaches alike.

Early in this game Auburn lines up in their base 20 personnel Right set. They run their bucksweep action to the right with the Rb flipping the ball back behind him to the Z coming around for the reverse.

Both guards pulling helps sell this Buck look.

The LT works his inside track like it was buck then tries to leak out to lead block (although he doesn’t end up touching anyone). The Qb probably has the most important job on this style of reverse because while you’re hoping the back side DE is crashing/chasing the ball, the QB has to be working to at least get in his way to make sure the Reverse can get around the edge. In this specific example the End actually runs down the line and it is a Lb who the QB ends up shielding off as he was the most dangerous player to the Reverse man getting the edge.

Play of the Day: Bunch Toss

Welp, since we still can’t practice yet I am going to try to do random write ups in plays I like. One play a day, try to vary the team and concept. Just something that pops off the screen and catches my eye.

Today is from 2018 Stanford.

Bunch left, they use a double crack concept with the 2 outside players and pull #3 to block force and the PST to lead through the alley.

What makes this play pop is USC has their inside LBs at the LOS mugged up inside at the snap. Why are they walked up? Stanford had run Zone or Duo (do not start an argument over which one, they literally were running BOTH from this set) all game… at least 8 times prior to this snap. USC for the most part had been shutting it down walking the backers up or being very aggressive/quick to fill. Here is an example

Coach Kenny Simpson Gun T Rpo Buck Sweep

Coach Kenny Simpson has been putting out some great content on his site/twitter over the last year. @fbcoachsimpson

He recently put his Gun T RPO offense into multiple courses on CoachTube. I recently checked out his Bucksweep course here.

Overall I came away very impressed with this course. Coach Simpson goes over every detail you could need if you are looking to install this Bucksweep package. There is white board time, drills, game film and a plethora of adjustments. He does a great job going over not just the playside blocking scheme but multiple adjustments for QB reads/runs and RPOs on the backside of the concept to attack various defensive adjustments. I highly recommend checking this course out whether you are brand new to Buck/Wing T concepts or you are a card carrying Wing T veteran who just wants to dress up his Bucksweep with some sexy Gun Read/RPO concepts.

Practice Planning

Recently I have received a lot of emails/DMs asking about practice plan structure.

I wanted to write a post breaking down how I break up our practice by scheme as well as by time.

This is what I refer to as an install practice schedule.  We are essentially in install (or learning) mode from Spring Ball all the way until the week of our first game.  We do not have a specific game plan to get ready for or an opponent… we are working on OURSELVES and getting better at our base offense May – early August.

I have written about the 2 DAY INSTALL and 3 DAY INSTALL in the past… I enjoy using both and either one should work well for you.  Having a 2 or 3 day install is important because it sets the rough framework for our practice plan.

Once we understand we are cutting up the offense into pieces it becomes easier to plan out our days.

I will start with the run game.  We have a ZONE DAY (Inside and Outside Zone) and a GAP DAY (Power and Counter).

This helps to frame my INDY time with the OL, the inside Run script, and the run plays I call in team.

We get Practice done in under an hour on each side of the ball.

I believe in practice having a routine so we generally start with indy, progress to group, and finish with team.

Like most teams are doing, practice is broken up into 5 minute segments.

I use GOOGLE SHEETS for all practice plans because it allows me to copy practice plans for future days, and most importantly it allows all of our coaches access to edit the practice plan in our own time.

The template looks like this (save yourself time and use formulas to auto populate the time cells… so you only have to edit the start time and ALL the times auto update).

I leave room at the top to write down the specific concepts we will work that day. We begin practice in INDY.  The OL/TE/FBs always start with run game indy first.  We get 20 minutes.  On DAY A (ZONE day) we will work base blocks, doubles, and reach blocks.  I can tweak this time as necessary.  Some days i give the Doubles 10 minutes, some days I give the REACH blocks 10 minutes, whatever I feel we need more work on.

While we are doing that the skill guys have INDY.  We typically start the QBs/RBs together for mesh.  Early on they get 10 minutes a day. As we progress that goes down to 5 minutes. The WRs start with INDY.  From there the RBs do INDY work and we either do mroe indy work at QB and WR or they group up to begin throwing individual routes.

The next part of practice is in small groups.  The OL and Hybrids do inside run, while the QB/WRs work on our key screen/RPO game.

After that we enter passing phase of our plan.  The OL works pass pro drills. The TE/FBs go with the QB/WRs and begin learning/refining our pass concepts.  As we progress this can transition into 7on7.

The RBs will either continue to work INDY or if we plan to use them in the specific pass concept they will work with the other Skill guys.  I usually bring them back with the OL to work blitz pick up before doing a brief up tempo team period.

During this install phase you can see I don’t believe in working a lot of TEAM time because I feel the real learning and progress are developed in your INDY and Small Group time.  When we get into GAMEPLAN mode we work much more team time than this because we have specific expected defenses and plays we like.


The next day would be DAY B (GAP DAY) and would follow the exact same format.  All that would change are the pass concepts repped, and the OL INDY work would be Power/Counter specific.

For example in INDY we would work DOWN blocks, Gap Doubles, and Pulling.  Again here I have 4 time blocks, to work through 3 base drills.  This means I can double up and get 10 minutes on one of those drills per day.  Some days it is DOWN, some days it is Doubles, some days it is pulling… whatever I feel we need more work on.

Here is the link to this TEMPLATE.