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How to Be Unpredictable

and Disguise Formations

I t’s a privilege for our offensive staff to
speak before the members of the AFCA.
Today we will discuss how we use multiple
Diagram 1B: Split Lou

by Using Multiple personnel groups to disguise formations. We

have the ability to use many different forma-
Personnel Groups tions with the same offensive people on the
field. This is possible by having certain play-
ers learn two positions. Our offensive staff
these past three years — Stan Hixon, Doug
Ralph Friedgen Marrone, Bill O’Brien and Eddie Wilson —
have done an outstanding job of teaching our
Diagram 2A: Deuce Right
Offensive players their assignments, techniques and
Coordinator responsibilities in order to give us this flexibil-
ity in our offense. I will show you the organi-
Georgia Institute zation and implementation of this system and
of Technology Bill O’Brien and Eddie Wilson will talk about
how they teach these young players multiple
Atlanta, Ga. positions and how we practice it.
At Georgia Tech we use multiple forma-
tions, shifting and motions with a variety of
personnel groups, it is very hard for the Diagram 2B: Deuce Lou
defense to predict what formation we will be
in prior to breaking the huddle. We divide our
personnel into three packages and organize
this by the number of wide receivers in the
game. Each eligible receiver has a name or
Bill O’Brien an identity — X, Y, Z, R and H — are used in
each of our formations. Prior to the huddle
Runningbacks call, the skill players must know what position
Coach they are playing. This allows them to know
where to align in each formation. The players
Diagram 3A: Full 89
know to shift or motion because each position
has its own set of movements. By knowing
who they are before the huddle call allows
them to know where to align and to move. We
may have the same players on the field but
playing different positions because of the
name of the personnel group.
Eddie Wilson Our two wide receiver package consists
of these personnel groups:
Tight Ends Coach Diagram 1A: Right Diagram 3B: Bone Rock

1. Regular: Two wide receivers, two end. Having a fullback that has this versatility
backs, one tight end (Diagrams 1A-1B). enables you to disguise whether you are in a
2. Ace: Two wide receivers, one back, two-back or one-back formation. The Full-89
two tight ends (Diagrams 2A-2B). personnel group requires you to have a wide
3. Full-89: One wide receiver, three receiver that can play in the backfield. Having
backs, one tight end (Diagrams 3A-3B). both a fullback that can play tight end and a
In Regular and Ace personnel groups, the wide receiver that can play runningback allows
player that must learn two positions is the “H” you to be in one-back, two-back or three-back
position, this is our fullback or second tight formations with the same players on the field.

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Our three wide receiver packages con- our most versatile because we can run with ability to run and throw out of all these forma-
sist of these personnel groups both option and power out of Queens and Full tions creates a lot of problems defensively.
1. Queens: Three WR, two backs and still throw the ball out of our Posse for- Bill O’Brien will talk about how we teach
(Diagram 4). mations. We use a lot of audible with this and practice our WR/RB and RB/FB positions.
2. Posse: Three WR, one back, one package. To run this package, you must have Bill O’Brien, Runningbacks
tight end (Diagrams 5A-5B). a fullback/tight end player and a wide receiv-
3. Full: Two WR, three backs (Diagram 6). er/runningback player. Two years ago we had Learning the WR/RB Position
The three wide receiver package might be these two types of players plus our running- A. Wide receiver is the main position,
Diagram 4: Razar back could also play fullback. This allowed us learn that position first.
to align in any formation we had with the B. Slot receiver works best passing
same players on the field. game almost the same from Queens,
Our four wide receiver package consists Posse and Jacks.
of these personnel groups. C. Routes from the backfield usually
1. Jacks: Four wide receivers, one back have free release. If he has the ability to
(Diagrams 7A-7B). protect may involve in protection.
2. Queens 3: Four wide receivers, one D. Running game limited each week to
fullback (Diagrams 8A-8B). four or five plays.
The four wide receiver package works very E. Tremendous carryover in option
Diagram 5A: Double Left well with our option and passing attacks. The game in all formations.
Diagram 7A: Spread Right
A. Works with wide receivers.
B. Work on option drill a minimum of five
minutes daily.
C. Inside Run Period last four to five
plays our WR/RB plays.
D. Team will mix in repetitions.

Diagram 5B: Train Right Learning the RB/FB Position

A. Only teach one or two players both
Diagram 7B: Dog Right
positions running back main position.
B. Must be interchangeable with RB.
C. Protection and routes the same.
D. Play polish and foot work different.

A. Work RB at FB when FB/TE is work-
ing with TEs.
Diagram 6A: Bone Right B. Kicking period work as FB.
C. Team period mix in to get reps at FB.
Diagram 8A: Razar
Eddie Wilson, Tight Ends
Learning the FB/TE Position
A. Must first learn fullback position
B. Tremendous carry over for assign-
ments in Regular and Ace.
C. Passing game protections must learn
both one and two back protections.
D. Routes must learn to run from the
Diagram 6B: Bone Rock
Diagram 8B: backfield and from the line of scrimmage.
E. Releases from the backfield and the
line of scrimmage.

A. Must practice run and pass blocking
on the line with tight ends.
B. Inside Run Period mix personnel groups
that work on run blocks from both positions.
C. Posse TE gets reps in passing game.

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