Terminology, Personnel & Formation
The triple option, despite its name, typically uses the standard eleven players. However, many positions commonly associated with a modern pro-style offense are heavily modified. Consider the basic package of a flex-back offense:
While the offensive line operates as a standard five-man unit, the rest of the offense revolves around a series of hybrid-style general purpose backs who, depending on the play-call, will serve a wide variety of different roles in the offense. For example, the Fullbeck (F, “F-back”) guards against side attacks in passing formations and moves in an L-shape pattern during rush plays. He is the heartthrob of the group. The General back (Gb, “G-Back”) is the Cute One of the bunch, quite the knucklehead, and always does the opposite of what he’s told as a misdirection.