Football 101: Quarters coverage

Updated: November 7, 2003, 1:56 PM ET
By Bob Davie | Special to
The most popular zone pass coverage played in college football today is something called quarters coverage. The reason it's so popular is because it is a coverage that can be played on running downs as well as in passing situations.

As in any coverage, there are many variations and changeups that make this an effective catchall defensive scheme. Basically every team in college football plays some combination of quarters coverage. Oklahoma, for example, has always taken advantage of quarters coverage.

In today's class we will show how the basic quarters coverage is played and some variations. We will also look at some ways offensive teams attack it.

Bob Davie

College Football
Bob Davie, a veteran college football coach of 25 years, most recently as head coach at the University of Notre Dame, serves as an analyst on college football game telecasts and select studio shows.