Pulaski Academy plans to add another wrinkle to its already unique offense this season, according to The Washington Post.
The Bruins, who are famous for being the team that rarely punts and usually attempts onside kicks, has installed a new “rugby” style to its offense.
Using statistics, Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley said he thinks having three or more players touch the ball during a play will increase the number of times his team gains 20 or more yards, and therefore increase the Bruins’ probability of winning.
Last season, college football teams that had more plays of 20 or more yards won 81 percent of the time. Kelley also found that a typical handoff or pass gained at least 20 yards only 10 percent of the time, while plays in which three or more players touch the ball – using a lateral (the hook-and-ladder, for example) – gained that yardage about 20 percent of the time.
Plays with three or more players touching the ball are typically trick plays that rely on deception and surprise, but Kelley said he doesn’t think incorporating the plays into his offense – and therefore losing the element of surprise – will effect the results.
Kelley told The Washington Post that he thinks because teams will have to game plan for the laterals, defenses won’t be able to swarm to the ball like usual, making open-field tackling more difficult.
He also trusts his players to lateral only when they feel 100 percent confident they won’t turn the ball over.
Pulaski Academy opens its season in Dallas Sept. 4 against Highland Park, which gave the Bruins their only loss last season.
The first chance fans in Arkansas will have to see this new offense in person will be Sept. 11, when Pulaski Academy travels to Wynne.