Author: Sean Orr
Originally Published: April 2, 2007
The football season of 2006 was a very interesting one for me. It was my first season back coaching high school football after spending the previous 6 coaching at a junior college. It would also mark the first time in 2 years that I would not be running the single wing. I was hired as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator and we would be running the mid-line/triple option.
As we began to prepare for the season the task of running special teams came around. We split up the responsibilities amongst the staff and I wound up with the punt and kick off return teams. Having previously been a special teams coordinator, I was excited to put in schemes I had successfully used before. While putting in the punt team we also put in our fakes. Our head coach showed me a punt fake that he had learned while at another school and I fell in love with it right away! We called it “BALLSY”! It had all the makings of a great single wing play.
For me this was as close as I was going to get to the single wing all year. I could not wait to call it. Finally in our last game of the year against a very good playoff bound team I called it. The kids executed the play to perfection and we had ourselves a huge gain. We scored on the next play to give ourselves a nice memory of what was otherwise a tough game.
Linemen have six inch splits and a two point stance. Up-backs are 3-1/2 to 4 yards deep. Left up-back is lined up behind left guard, middle up-back is lined up behind the right guard and the right up-back is lined up between the right tackle and right end. The punter is 14 yards deep.
The ball is snapped to the middle up-back who crouches and hides the ball under his crotch. After delaying he runs to the right as the left up-back and punter run to the left. The right up-back spins and fakes taking the ball from the middle up-back. He runs left and can fake an option with the punter.
The right side of the line will block down. We want to let the defensive end come up field. The left side of the line will release to the right downfield in front of the play.
Drill # 1: Middle Up-Back with Ball in Hand
The middle up-back will practice putting the ball under his crotch and delaying for 2 counts. After delaying he will sprint through 2 cones 10 yards up field to his right.
Drill # 2: Middle Up-Back with a Direct Snap
The middle up-back will take a direct snap and hide the ball under his crotch. After a two count delay he sprints through 2 cones 10 yards up field to his right.
Drill # 3: Punter and Up-Backs with Ball in Hand
The punter and all up backs will practice their assignments with the middle up-back starting with a ball in hand.
Drill # 4: Punter and Up-Backs with a Direct Snap
The punter and all up-backs will practice their assignments with a direct snap.
Drill # 5: Team with Ball in Hand
The entire punt team will walk through the entire fake with the middle up-back starting with a ball in hand. Practice it on a walk, 1/2 speed and then full speed.
Drill # 6: Team with a Direct Snap
The entire punt team will practice the fake with a direct snap. It should be done 1/2 speed and then full speed.
Here is a video clip of the play.