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The Quad Option

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© August, 2009


by Rick Martin
Offensive Line Coach, Marlboro County High School (SC)

About six years ago, while looking at some plays from the “Maryland I”, I thought why not run a “quadruple option”. This play would have the fullback dive to one side and the quarterback open to him, then reverse direction with the middle back diving and the tailback getting in pitch relationship (See Diagram 1).

Obviously the quarterback cannot read a quadruple option, however it would give the defense four players to account for. At this point I thought it was intriguing, but probably not very practical.

    Four years ago we used a gimmick play (See Diagram 2)


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