The “Power O” Play Resources

What’s known to many as the  “Power O” has become a very utilized blocking scheme in a number of different offenses and formations.  It’s a play that developed as a downhill run from the I-formation, wing-t and other run oriented offenses, but it’s now making an appearance in the spread offense as well.  It’s a play that’s gained popularity and if you read reviews of college spring practices in the past month, it’s a play that will be used by many teams this fall.

As you will see in the resources and links provided, the blocking scheme is used in other plays like the inverted veer and the shovel option.  More and more teams are incorporating it in 2-in-1 packaged plays as well.

I have written about our one back Power in an X&O Labs article here.

I also made the “Deuce” block component a focus of an article on American Football Monthly.  The article includes video of drills and game film.  Read it here.

My AFM video on how we combine zone schemes with gap schemes in the Power is available here.

Of course an entire chapter of 101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays is devoted to this topic as well.  The iBook includes the basics and shows how we are able to run this from a number of different personnel groupings and formations.  The way we teach it allows us to run it as a one-back or two-back play with no variation for the offensive line.  Read more about the chapter here, and click the link below to get it on your iPad.

Enjoy the links.  I hope they aid in your research on this topic and please feel free to add a link in the comments section.

Power Read is a widely used play.  My iBook 101+ Read Game Plays has a chapter devoted to the specifics of running the play as well as plenty of cut-ups.

101+ Read Game Plays    iPad   More Info

Here are some other Coaches Edge Products on Power:

Offensive Line Play in the Power Scheme for iPad $4.99

The “Power” scheme is one of the most widely used schemes in all of football.  It is a scheme you will see used at every level of football.  What I love about the power scheme, and why I chose to add it as a core concept of our running game, is the wide variety of ways I can use the scheme.  This one core blocking scheme for the OL, can be used in an exponential number of ways, all dependent on the imagination of the offensive coordinator.  Power can be run from nearly any personnel grouping, formation, or backfield action. This Quick Hitter goes through the assignments and techniques of each offensive lineman.  Video shows exactly the footwork and technique that the linemen use.  This progression goes from learning on air to executing against shields.  This attitude play can be learned and repped without pads.

Adding Voltage to Power  $5.99

Coach Girolmo has a unique application of the Power scheme which goes beyond the basics that he explains in setting up the play.  Girolmo explains what the “ formation formula” is as well as what he looks for in setting up the formations in his game plan.  He  follows with the assignments, techniues, and mechanics for all players.  Girolmo explains how to use the “coverage trangle” and the T.U.G screen to make the defense pay for exposing its weakness.  Girolmo uses a number of variations including one back and two back Power.  By adding a mesh read and a pitch man, Girolmo turn the Power scheme into a triple option attack.  This Coaches Edge Quick Hitter presents plenty of information and definitely adds some voltage to the Power scheme.

General Power Resources:

Chris Brown (Smart Football) on Power O

X & O Labs

Youtube short clinic talk

Miscellaneous college cut ups

NFL Power Resources

Paul Alexander

Chicago Bears–20121028_1_special-contributor-matt-bowen-power-scheme-red-zone

SanDiego Chargers

Washington Redskins (Gibbs)

College Power Resources


Auburn Power Read (Malzahn)
Malzahn Wildcat Power

Auburn DC Ellis Johnson comments on the importance of Power runs


Florida Unbalanced runs including Power O

La Tech Air Raid (Franklin) on Brophy Football Blog

Michigan State

Minnesota-Tim Brewster


Ohio State – Jim Tressel “Dave” Play

Ohio State Urban Meyer – “Mickey” named after his strength coach



Stanford Unbalanced Power
Stanford Power Play Action

Wisconsin Power

High School Resources

Clovis HS

Gainesville High School

Joe Daniel
Spread Offense Power, Inverted Veer, Shovel Option & Packaged Plays

Florida Shovel Option

Niners Inverted Veer

TCU inverted veer

Utah Shovel Option

Chris Brown discusses the Inverted Veer

Chris Brown discusses QB Power packaged with Swing Screen

Chris Brown discusse Shovel Option packaged with sprint out

Power in the spread offense

Coach Huey Threads

Gerry Dinardo defending power run

Defending Power with 3-5-3

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