How Florida's offense uses design to get receivers open – FanRag Sports (blog)
The Florida Gators held their first scrimmage of fall camp on Friday night, and the results are going to be of interest when coach Jim McElwain addresses the media regarding it on Monday.
As of his Friday news conference, McElwain was continuing his pattern of coyness on the quarterback battle among Feleipe Franks, Malik Zaire, and Luke Del Rio. When asked about how the scrimmage might affect the race, he offered up this gem: “There should be some answers, I think, and yet I don’t know that.” It’ll offer some clarity, unless it doesn’t. Thanks, Coach.
What is more clear is the kind of things the eventual starting quarterback will be asked to do. There are some distinct concepts in the offense that McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier run, so these are some key throws the quarterbacks need to make.
Shallow cross underneath verticals
One common pattern for the offense is to have a couple of receivers run deep routes up the field and have another running a crossing route underneath. The advantages are clear. The cross might draw a defender towards the line of scrimmage instead of him falling back to help with the deeper routes. The shallow route also works as a quick dump-off option if the pocket collapses. Plus, if the guy on the cross catches the ball, the guys on the vertical routes naturally become downfield blockers.
A clear example of the latter came in Florida’s big win over Ole Miss in 2015. Antonio Callaway snags the ball on a crossing route. Kelvin Taylor, who had run a vertical wheel route out of the backfield, is available by the pylon to deliver a key block.
A longer example came against Kentucky in 2016. Brandon Powell runs a deep cross from the slot, drawing the