The college football landscape is filled with intricate variations of the basic spread offensive attack, including dangerous option packages. Coaches are implementing this game plan with quicker tempos and increased volume across the country in an effort to isolate defenders.
It takes a particular kind of talent to orchestrate this game plan from the backfield, keeping a defense off-balance with consistency. The offense typically lines up in shotgun formation, unveiling a three-to-five receiver set, and occasionally partners a pair of running backs alongside the quarterback.
The attack becomes even scarier when a dual-threat player is taking snaps from center and can effectively run a no-huddle approach.
Offensive execution is reliant on the quarterback and offensive line's ability to identify pre-snap reads, placing the football into the hands of targeted playmakers as quickly as possible or having the quarterback tuck the ball and take off with a designed run after receiving the snap. We've seen players become superstars and earn Heisman Trophy honors in these systems.
The 2014 recruiting class boasts a bevy of skill players suited for success in a spread offense. We span the nation in search of those equipped to make an impact in such a setting.
B/R college football columnist Tyler Donohue spent three seasons with the Rutgers University football program's recruiting department, contributing to three classes (2007-09) under head coach Greg Schiano.