New Topic: Wing-T Offense?

Submitted by Transatlantic Flight on October 16th, 2011 at 4:46 PM

One thing I noticed while watching the game at home is how frequently the commentators (who truth be told were confused and less than stellar all game) talked about us being in a Wing-T offense as opposed to the Borges/magic spread we've used to good effect in most games this year. To my uneducated eye, the setup did not look that much different, but I did notice (as many have rehashed already) that the playcalling was far more deep pass and play action oriented than we are used to. 

So were we actually in the Wing-T, or were the announcers wrong? What is the Wing-T anyway, and how does it compare to the spread? Could this have contributed to the issues with the offensive line all game, being in a supposedly new system? 

Discuss, and forget the pain of yesterday.



October 16th, 2011 at 4:55 PM ^

We played our offense similar to the old Wing T, but we were running shotgun mostly as opposed to the under center Wing T. I think it was just Urban Meyer using a recognizable name for a formation that was similar, but not identical.


October 16th, 2011 at 4:57 PM ^

The Wing T is the old-time formation that featured the quarterback as the primary runner, so they were just saying that philosophically, that's basically what we're doing with Denard -- our primary running back takes the snap and often has a running back or tight end on either side to serve as a blocker.

It wasn't a new "formation," it was just Meyer's way of explaining what we we do offensively in more specific way than just calling it "the spread," which has countless variations.


October 16th, 2011 at 5:07 PM ^

It's a very diverse offensive set which uses considerable motion and misdirection. But you can run power ISO runs, triple option, and a ton counters and sweep runs, where the lineman are pulling or trapping. The favorite and most explosive play is arguably the 41 buck sweep which involves the wingback going outside on a run play and a guard pulling all the way to knock out a freaking cornerback.  It's pretty wacked by today's standards.  Popular at the high school level still, but I don't know a single football team at the college level that runs it anymore.

I consider the passing offense to be pretty rudementary though, but there are some cool pass plays for the TE, WB and flanker.

More on the Winged-T here.



October 16th, 2011 at 5:43 PM ^

The single wing was what urban was discussing which essently relies on one player tuning in the main blockers direction which would be a somewhat accurate description of what we run except with a slight variation in the alignment so as it becomes a hybrid with the double wing offense well the wing t formation relies uPon motion of slot reievers type wingbacks to move the ball along with a dive full back used to run trap plays which is most defenitly not what was being discussed our close to what we are running


October 17th, 2011 at 2:39 PM ^

The wing T consists of 2 TEs, a QB under center and 3 RBs lined up behind the QB with about a yard spacing in between. It functions like a quadruple option. The QB can fake a couple of handoffs and keep it himself or handoff to any one of the 3 RBs. If the fakes are carried out right it can be tough to stop because it's hard to locate the ball. Constantine used to run the wing T for years. Their RBs would always wear big black arm pads so when they covered the ball up with 2 hands it was impossible to see.