Central Florida head coach has appreciation for option football – CapitalGazette.com
Nobody has a better appreciation for option football than Scott Frost.
Frost operated an option offense under the direction of his father at Wood River High in Nebraska. Larry Frost, a career high school head coach, taught his son the basics of reading defenses and deciding where to go with the football.
Frost would become the starting quarterback at Nebraska in a different type of option system for legendary head coach Tom Osborne. So watching Navy’s triple-option attack on tape brings back memories for the second-year Central Florida head coach.
“I love option football. I lived it,” Frost said this week. “It’s just a skill. I can’t tell you how many repetitions I took. The timing of it is just kind of different than anything else people ask their quarterback to do.”
Frost has been reviewing film of Navy quarterback Zach Abey and it reminds him of a different era of college football. When Frost was at Nebraska, many major conference programs employed the offense. Nowadays, the option has become the domain of Air Force, Army, Navy and Georgia Tech.
“I feel like option quarterbacks are kind of like giant pandas, they only exist in zoos and military academies now,” he said.
Abey ranks fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 1,016 rushing yards and second with 12 rushing touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound junior has run for 100 yards or more in seven straight games, tied for the school record.
“They have a good one in Abey. He’s a tough runner. He’s smart and makes good decisions,” Frost said. “You can tell by the statistics that he’s the one that makes the offense go.”
Sophomore slotback Malcolm Perry (414 yards) and senior fullback Chris High (402) are other key ball-carriers for Navy (5-1, 3-1),