The spread Urban ran at UF was modified and not a "true"
Posted on: April 30, 2012 at 14:24:52 CT
spread like he ran at Utah. That Utah Offense did not utilize the TE or the Fullback and for the first half of the season in 2005 neither did we.
In the SEC everybody has one of those 6'5' or so and super quick DE's and/or stud OLB's who can rush the passer in a big hurry and who was highly coveted, highly recruited and who is going to be a high NFL draft pick. Some people have more than one of those guys. With no TE or FB, that guy will KILL your QB and destroy your Offense.
We would go empty set or just keep one back in, and they would blitz automatically...and force a bad throw, a throwaway or sack our QB. Even when they weren't sacking him, they were tossing him around like a rag doll.
At midseason, Urban learned. He figured out he could not do what he did at Utah. He modified the Offense to put the TE and the FB back in. For the first time in that whole season, our Offense showed signs of life and we beat UGA and pounded fsu and won our bowl game.
The wide open, hide-the-ball, misdirection, lots of reverses, etc Spread doesn't work in the SEC. You have to incorporate more power. There is simply too much speed on Defense and they will run you down if you try to run wide a lot.