Georgia Tech is the only opponent on UNC’s schedule that runs a triple option offense. It’s different from most offenses because it’s much more about reading the defense and reacting to it. Below is one example of a triple option play the Yellow Jackets could run on Saturday.
1. Johnson’s scheme normally has two A-backs and a B-back playing in the backfield. Just before the snap, an A-back — either Roddy Jones or Orwin Smith, but we’ll say Jones for this example — will go in motion.
The motion is different than a wide receiver’s motion because Jones will go along a curved route.
When the ball is snapped to quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, Jones will be behind B-back Anthony Allen. For that split second, the triple-option offense appears to turn into a regular I-formation.