Inverted Veer - Front Side Read

The zone read out of the spread offense has been a staple in both college and high school football over the last decade. The popular 'read' within this concept is the quarterback in the shot gun reading the backside defensive line of scrimmage perimeter threat, usually the defensive end, but sometimes an outside linebacker at the critical 'mesh point' with the running back hand-off to determine whether to hand the ball off on the zone run, or keep the ball on the bootleg run if the perimeter threat commits on the zone run.
Within the last two years, offensive coaches at the college and high school levels are now playing a nasty trick on defensive coordinators, it's called 'pick the d-linemen to read', causing defenses to go back to the grease boards and meeting rooms to counter the offense.
Below is a series of videos on the 'Inverted Veer' or Frontside Read out of The shot gun with dual threat quarterbacks. You'll see that this play differs from the backside 'zone read' in three key areas:
  1. The blocking scheme is 'Power' as opposed to 'Zone'
  2. The Quarterback (QB) reads the front side perimeter LOS threat, not the backside
  3. The QB 'ride' at the mesh point includes a playside lateral shuffle, which helps the play develop and buys time on the front side read
Video 1 - Cam Newton of Auburn vs Arkansas in 2010
Video 2 - Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State vs Penn State in 2010
Video 3- End Zone View - Same Play As Above
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-- Mark

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