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How To Coach The Spin Technique By The Quarterback
The success of the Single Wing offense utilizing the full spin by the quarterback depends on his ability to conceal the ball fake, and momentarily freeze and confusing the defense as to which back has the ball and where the point of attack will be.
The quarterback assumes his two point stance 4 1/2 yards off the ball, with his inside foot always splitting the crouch of the nearest guard located next to the center. The spin should be one complete, smooth, rhythmic move. The quarterback receives the gun snap from center with both hands just above his inside knee. As the quarterback receives the ball he simultaneously takes a short 8 to 10 inch step with the outside foot forwards, placing all his weight on the ball of his foot and making a complete full spin by bringing the inside foot behind him and stopping only when the inside foot is in the position to step into the play hole called in the huddle.
The spin is accomplished with the legs bent and the waist down with the quarterbacks back fairly erect, with shoulders square and the body in full control, ready to hand-off to either his Tailback or Flanker (Z) or Buck Lateral that requires him to hand the ball off to his Fullback. Immediately upon receiving the ball from the center he will bring the ball up through his third hand (belly button) as he starts to spin.
At the 1/4 mark of the quarterbacks spin and with his back screening off the callside of the defense he should be ready to hand the ball off to the Tailback with the hand furthest from the Tailback; as the quarterback continues his spin at the 3/4 position, when his back is now screening off the backside of the defense, he should be ready to now hand-off to the Flanker (Z) if the play calls for the hand-off to him. Continuing his spin the quarterback will have done a 360 degree pivot on the ball of his outside foot and now is ready to step into the offensive hole called with his inside foot, with or without the ball, depending on whether he handed it off or kept it. As the quarterback steps into the offensive hole called he should be in a relatively wide stance, with both arms and upper body over the ball and under full control. Remember, the footwork with slight adjustments depends on the point of attack.
How To Coach The Buck Lateral Spin By The Fullback
Fullback spin in this manual is alerted by attaching the alert words “Buck Lateral”. With mastered timing and great fakes by the quarterback, Tailback, and Flanker, this can raise havoc with the defense.
The mechanics of the quarterback is exactly the same as his technique when keeping the ball after faking to either the Tailback or Flanker. Upon receiving the snap from center, the quarterback immediately brings the ball up through his third hand (belly button), with arms folded parallel over the belly of the ball and palms of the hands covering the ends of the ball, so as to fully conceal it from the defense. The quarterbacks upper body remains fairly erect to allow both the Tailback and Flanker to run their offensive paths as close to the quarterback as possible without bumping or allowing “daylight” in the fake hand-off.
As soon as the Flanker has passed him at the 3/4 mark of his spin the quarterback bends his upper body over the ball, continues the sprint to the point where he is facing the line of scrimmage, and steps with his inside foot at the near hip of the fullback. As the quarterback moves forward and approaches the fullback, who has done a half pivot in place and is low, with his back facing the defense, the quarterback either keeps or hands off, slipping the ball with the outside hand nearest the fullback.
The buck Lateral series provides an additional dimension to the single wing offensive attack and adds to the time the defense has to prepare for you.
Upon the snap of the ball, the fullback pivots on his outside foot bringing the inside foot around behind him or half spins in a low, square position, staying in the same spot but now facing the quarterback as he approaches the line of scrimmage. The fullback elevates his inside arm
shoulder height, with the forearm parallel to the ground; his outside arm assumes the same position across the midsection forming a big pocket for a hand-off from the quarterback. if the hand-off is made, then the fullback has several options such as running, pitching, handing off, or passing the ball.
If the fullback runs with the ball, he must belly back, get behind his blockers and running to his designated hole. If the fullback pitches or laterals of to his Tailback, he open steps with his outside foot toward the back to whom he is pitching the ball, and then leads the ball carrier up field. When handing off to the Flanker, it is his responsibility to firmly place the ball with his inside hand into the midsection of the flanker and the rolls out wide to the tightside carrying out a good fake.
When there is no exchange between the quarterback and the fullback, it is important that the fullback goes through one of the previous mentioned maneuvers (run or pitch), faking and deceiving the defense as to the path of the ball carrier.
About the Author of this post:
Jerry Campbell has over 30 years of high school and college coaching experience. He has experience as a head coach, offensive coordinator, and various position coaches. He has written numerous football coaching articles in various publications, is the author of over 30 books on coaching football, and has produced 12 coaching video series. Additionally, he is a nationally sought after speaker on the coaching clinic circuit.