Pro-Set

The Pro Set Veer is an offensive system featuring two running backs, and varying numbers of tight ends and wide receivers to go along with the typical five offensive lineman and the quarterback. The base set has one Tight End, two Running Backs and two Wide Receivers.

The diagram below illustrates how the players are normally aligned for Split-Back set.

 

Split Back Formation – Also commonly called the Split Back Veer

While there are some variations, the typical alignment of players for the Split Back Veer are:

  1. Offensive Lineman – 3 foot splits with variances depending on play call
  2. Wide Receivers or Split Ends – Generally wide, often outside of the numbers. Also with variances based on play call and blocking scheme
  3. Quarterback – Under Center
  4. Tail Back – The Tailback aligns behind backside offensive guard at about 5 yards. Depth may vary by program.
  5. Fullback – The Fullback aligns behind the play side offensive guard at the same depth as the Tailback.
The diagram below illustrates how the players are normally aligned for the I-Formation.
I-Formation

While there are some variations, the typical alignment of players for the I-Formation are:

  1. Offensive Lineman – 3 foot splits with variances depending on play call
  2. Wide Receivers or Split Ends – Generally wide, often outside of the numbers. Also with variances based on play call and blocking scheme
  3. Quarterback – Under Center
  4. Fullback – The Fullback aligns behind the Quarterback at 3 yards. Depth may vary by program, play call, etc.
  5. Tailback – The Tailback aligns behind the Fullback at 5 yards. Depth may vary by program, play call, etc.

The Pro Set Veer, as defined here, is any set that uses some version of a split back, I, or combination backfield. These sets combine the power running game and play-action passing concepts with the option.

Pro Set teams also commonly use other formations in certain situations to either gain a numbers or leverage advantage over the defensive scheme they are facing. Take a look at some of the other Pro Set formations being used.