Football 101: Triple option

Updated: December 5, 2003, 9:04 PM ET
By Bob Davie | Special to
My vote for Coach of the Year goes to Navy's Paul Johnson. In my opinion, the Coach of the Year award should go to someone who actually out-schemes other teams. No one does a better job with less than Johnson.

The Midshipmen head into Saturday's game with Army at 7-4, and their success can be directly attributed to their triple-option offense. Navy is No. 1 in the country in rushing offense, averaging 323.09 yards per game. The Midshipmen are also 23rd in total offense with 433 yards per game and are No. 28 in scoring offense, averaging 31.6 point per game.

The offensive scheme that remains the most difficult to defend is the true triple option. To put Navy's success at running it in proper perspective, simply compare their offensive statistics to another service academy -- Army.

Bob Davie

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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.