Post by Coach Campbell on Dec 6, 2011 18:49:24 GMT
Running the Split T Offense
Jun 21, 2011 | By Steve Silverman
The split T is an offensive formation used primarily in high school and small college football. The split T is basically a running formation that is used when a team has a number of good running backs and not much of a passing attack. The split T requires strong and athletic offensive linemen who can not only get great push to open holes along the interior part of the line but also get to the outside for sweeps and stretch plays.
Position two running backs about seven to eight yards behind the line of scrimmage and six yards apart. This position means that the offense will be able to attack with the run in either direction or go through the interior line. The defense can't overplay in either direction or the offense will be able to exploit that strategy.
Send your two guards to the right hash marks to open holes for the back stationed on the right side of the split T. Your guards must get out quickly and drive the linebackers out of the lane so the running back can attack with speed. This will be one of your prime plays when operating out of the split T.
Send the right running back behind the right tackle to help open a hole on the interior part of the line. The right tackle will block the left defensive end, the right guard will block the left defensive tackle and the right running back will clear out the linebacker attempting to fill the hole. The left running back will take the handoff from the quarterback and get through the hole as quickly as possible for a sizable gainer.
Send the receiver on the right side up 10 yards and have him run a square out to the right sideline. The quarterback will fake a handoff to one of the backs, sprint out to the right and throw a quick pass to the receiver. While the split T largely is a running formation, you must keep the defense honest and keep it from overplaying the run by making sure you throw the ball on occasion.