Louisiana-Monroe’s Two-Quarterback Zone-Read System

It’s not your father’s two-quarterback system. In their wild 47-45 shootout loss to Baylor, ULM brought out a rarely seen wrinkle, a two-quarterback zone-read-esque system. ULM coach Todd Berry put both of his quarterbacks in the game and had his right hander take the snap and flow to the right while his left hander take the mesh point and roll left. It was good for a couple of completions and a semi-frantic timeout by Baylor. (H/t BestCoastFootball.)

I’ve seen this before (and no, the so-called A-11 did not invent it and in fact those teams rarely if ever actually used two quarterbacks/potential throwers). Most ignominiously, I remember Purdue using it a few years ago when their top two or three quarterbacks all went down with injury (didn’t work as well then). It’s a fun wrinkle; I’d be curious to hear from anyone that has used this and about their success.

Necessity is the mother of invention

  • Tim Sullivan

    One part I found interesting: the blockers can’t execute traditional zone principles (work downfield to second-level defenders), so any attempt to run it out of this look – while still keeping the pass an option – is basically dead. ULM is pass protecting for the keeper even though it’s handed off both times, and once the DL gets the hang of what’s going on, the offensive linemen should be a pretty telling key for the defense.

    It mostly looks like a gimmicky way to roll the lefty passer to the left or the righty passer to the right without the defense knowing pre-snap which way the roll is going. Obviously there can be some additional wrinkles going forward, but the package as-is seems a little limited,

  • Morgan Burke: I know what the problems are, Danny. This could be the worst disaster Purdue Football’s ever experienced.Danny Hope: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.
    I firmly believe Danny Hope’s dream is to have 11 QB’s out there on every offensive snap!

  • I’ve long thought this was a great idea, and have poked at it for a while. Never run it, though —

  • rosso dimontalcino

    I’ve wondered since the days he would switch out with Chris Leak what if that 2nd QB or RB/QB were Tebow. And South Carolina has the personnel to make an I-formation version of this with QB + RB + QB/RB.

  • rosso dimontalcino

    I see what you mean. I wonder though how Spurrier was able to run lead draw while pass blocking which he did and was at the core of his offense.

  • smartfootball

    Spurrier just called them separately. Lead draw looks like pass protection at the start, and normal pass protection (obviously) looks like draw. He didn’t block them exactly the same way though and made separate calls. They just meshed together as counters to each other.

  • The Stick concept worked wonders on it, those linebackers had a route right in the path of their pursuit lanes. Very high percentage stuff.

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