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Anthony White has just posted another NCAA Football 11 blog. This one covering the Pistol offensive style.

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"Pistol -- The Pistol combines elements of the one back offense with those of the shotgun based spread offense. The quarterback aligns 3 yards behind the center as opposed to the 5 to 6 yards he would align in a normal shotgun formation. The halfback aligns directly behind the quarterback at a depth of 7 yards (See Figure 1). With this setup the offense can run traditional downhill running plays and play action passes that are synonymous with the I formation and it gives the quarterback the benefit of being in the shotgun for regular passing plays. This offense was originated by the current head coach at Nevada and has been a staple of their program for several years now."

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# 1 Pass_The_Cows @ 06/24/10 07:20 PM
Very cool, thanks for the heads up
 
# 2 yanks26ngoin @ 06/24/10 07:47 PM
My question is which playbooks have some pistol in them, even if the teams do not run the pistol offense. I guess the main reason I am asking is because I just want to know if a pistol formation will be in Michigan's playbook because they broke it out a few times last year...
 
# 3 gator3guy @ 06/24/10 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by yanks26ngoin
My question is which playbooks have some pistol in them, even if the teams do not run the pistol offense. I guess the main reason I am asking is because I just want to know if a pistol formation will be in Michigan's playbook because they broke it out a few times last year...
Here ya go...
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Over the past few years several teams have used the Pistol as part of their offensive package as it is becoming more and more prevalent in the college game today. Some of these teams include Ohio State, Louisiana State, Florida State, UCLA, Illinois, Baylor and the last two National Champions Florida and Alabama.
 
# 4 stugotsII @ 06/24/10 08:16 PM
So irritating...this is why EA needs to put in custom playbooks.


Ohio State ran the pistol A COUPLE TIMES in 2008. EA then put it in there playbooks for the 2010(2009) game. They didn't run the pistol once last year for real.


So what do the brain surgeons at EA do? They put it in again. Does anyone ever actually watch college football over there?
 
# 5 TigerRag @ 06/24/10 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by stugotsII

So what do the brain surgeons at EA do? They put it in again. Does anyone ever actually watch college football over there?


Yeah, they totally should have watched every Ohio State game last season just to make sure they did or did not run the pistol lol......I don't blame them for putting it in again honestly. They can't watch every game of every team. I'm sure they just assumed that since they ran it a bit in 08 then they would have ran it a bit in 09...Not a huge deal.
 
# 6 FAIRDALE_KINGS @ 06/24/10 09:35 PM
I hope Louisville has the Pistol in it's arsenal this year. The new coaching staff and Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford ran a lot... and I mean a lot of Pistol in this year's spring game. The offense should resemble a lot of what Florida does and should mimic the offense that Urban Meyer ran at Utah since Sanford was his OC during the Alex Smith era. It will be intereting to see how exactly they incorporate the Pistol into their Spread philosophy.
 
# 7 boritter @ 06/24/10 09:44 PM
I'm anxious to see which playbooks have updated pistol formations.
 
# 8 str8artist @ 06/24/10 09:52 PM
You recruit you a speed quarterback while running the pistol that offense can be deadly.
 
# 9 PantherBeast_OS @ 06/24/10 09:55 PM
Nice read. I'm going to try it when I get the game later on.
 
# 10 gohogsfan14 @ 06/24/10 10:42 PM
we better have the pistol in ours since we ran it some last year and will be running it even more this year with nevadas OL coach
 
# 11 C-A-R-D-S @ 06/25/10 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by FAIRDALE_KINGS
I hope Louisville has the Pistol in it's arsenal this year. The new coaching staff and Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford ran a lot... and I mean a lot of Pistol in this year's spring game. The offense should resemble a lot of what Florida does and should mimic the offense that Urban Meyer ran at Utah since Sanford was his OC during the Alex Smith era. It will be intereting to see how exactly they incorporate the Pistol into their Spread philosophy.
cant wait to see a lil bit of that in louisville offensive either nothing smells better than a fresh start
 
# 12 nevadawp @ 06/25/10 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by gohogsfan14
we better have the pistol in ours since we ran it some last year and will be running it even more this year with nevadas OL coach
He wasn't just the OL coach, Chris Klenakis was the Offensive Coordinator the last two years. He was also instrumental in the continued development of the Pistol. The Razorbacks got a steal IMO.

I'm excited they added the Read Option to the Pistol this year as that's really become a staple of the offense for Nevada. I think it's superior to the Shotgun Spread Read Option because A. It doesn't tip your hand to the direction of the play and B. The HB is running up field, not side to side.

I'm hoping they added some of the mis-direction, fly sweeps, and pre-snap motion as well. An aspect of the Pistol that's often overlooked is the fact that there is offense directly behind and in FRONT of the QB. When you flash that WR or TE in front of the QB there's always the chance he's going to quickly hand it off to the motion man. They did that a lot more last year and it can really play havoc with a defense if it's executed correctly.
 
# 13 kkman187 @ 06/25/10 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by BamaBruce
Hey, you beat the OS guys to it! lol but thanks! Will check it out!
I always do! To quick for them.
 
# 14 jspray34 @ 06/25/10 02:35 AM
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Originally Posted by BamaBruce
agreed. okay now that I got something on topic

SWEET avi :P VERY beast!

anyway, only time I am likely to use the pistol formation is with Bama, unless my small school or a team I use in RTG happens to have it.
Any idea to how many sets might be in Bama playbook? or the certain formations?
 
# 15 ngw411 @ 06/25/10 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by jspray34
Any idea to how many sets might be in Bama playbook? or the certain formations?
Alabama needs the pistol and the Wildcat formation added
 
# 16 jello1717 @ 06/25/10 12:03 PM
As I'm sure most of you already know, there's even a generic pistol playbook (as well a generic playbook for all 8 offensive styles) in the game this year.
 
# 17 Shade @ 06/25/10 12:57 PM
I might actually try the pistol out this year. Usually I stick to pro style or one back but I am liking what I have seen in the demo and on videos.
 

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