Category Archives: Option History

Split-T Flexibility Is Why We Have Option Football

Split-T Flexibility Is Why We Have Option Football

Don Faurot’s Split-T concepts on flexibility within his offense have evolved into modern option football. Navy Photo by Russ Walker.

In the last post we explored the ideal player characteristics identified by Don Faurot for his Split-T offense. Today we will close this series by illustrating how the flexibility of the Split-T and Faurot’s vision of implementing fast break concepts into football paved the way for more modern and complex option football schemes.

Faurot opens this section of his book with the following words:

The term “flexibility” is applied to a resourceful offense, one capable of adjusting quickly to any changes made in the defense while the play is under way.

This sentence embodies the very essence of option football and clearly illustrates why his ideas evolved into the option concepts used today by the Flexbone, the Spread Option, and other Option heavy offenses.

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Option Football History: Split-T Player Characteristics

Option Football History: Split-T Player Characteristics

In the last post we explored the stances developed by Coach Faurot for the Split-T backfield. We will continue to explore the mechanical aspects Faurot named as being important to the success of his scheme. Today we will discuss positional requirements for the Split-T. 1. Line Splits 2. Quarterback Path 3. Center/QB Exchange 4. Play Sequence 5. Backfield Stance 6. Ball Handling 7.… Continue Reading

Option Football History: Split-T Ball Handling

Option Football History: Split-T Ball Handling

In the last post we explored the stances developed by Coach Faurot for the Split-T backfield. We will continue to explore the mechanical aspects Faurot named as being important to the success of his scheme. Today we will discuss ball handling for the Split-T. 1. Line Splits 2. Quarterback Path 3. Center/QB Exchange 4. Play Sequence 5. Backfield Stance 6. Ball Handling 7.… Continue Reading

Option Football History: Split-T Stances

Option Football History: Split-T Stances

In the last post we explored the play sequence developed by Coach Faurot for the Split-T. We discussed how his concepts and ideas were integral to option football development. We will continue to explore the mechanical aspects Faurot named as being important to the success of his scheme. Today we will discuss the backfield players… Continue Reading

Option Football History: The Split-T Play Sequence

Option Football History: The Split-T Play Sequence

In the last post we explored the center/quarterback exchange in the Split-T and discussed how this was manipulated to help the quarterback get to his path more quickly.  We will continue to explore the mechanical aspects Faurot named as being important to the success of his scheme. Today we will discuss play sequence. Line Splits Quarterback Path Center/QB… Continue Reading

Option Football History: The Split-T Center/QB Exchange

Option Football History: The Split-T Center/QB Exchange

In the last post we explored the quarterbacks path in the Split-T and discussed how this helped to make the offense more effective.  We will continue to explore the mechanical aspects Faurot named as being important to the success of his scheme. Today we will discuss how Faurot taught the Center/QB Exchange . Line Splits Quarterback… Continue Reading

Option Football History: The Split-T’s Innovative Quarterback Path

In and earlier post we discussed the line splits used against different fronts within Don Faurot’s Split-T offense. As stated before, Faurot identified nine mechanical aspects of his offense that he felt separated the Split-T from other systems. Line Splits Quarterback Path Center/QB Exchange Play Sequence Backfield Stance Ball Handling Position Requirements Flexibility In today’s post,… Continue Reading

Option Football History: Line Splits in the Split-T

Option Football History: Line Splits in the Split-T

In the last post we looked at reasons to run the Split-T. If we take a close look at these reasons we see they are really just the results of the offense. If the Split-T was only successful with great players, or wasn’t successful at all, there would be no inherent reason to stay with the… Continue Reading