Why the wildcat (not UF specific, I mean in general)

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    The purpose of the wildcat eludes me. Used to be it allowed you to drop some option on an unsuspecting team that didn't have any idea how to defend the single wing. Now, with the advent the spread option, practically every team has experience defending it.

    I don't see the usefulness unless you have (1) a guy with incredible acceleration, like Harvin or McFadden back there, or (2) the "wildcat" QB can throw. Since most teams don't have either, I don't get it. Seems to me it just makes the defense's job easier.
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    Well it does give the offense an extra blocker.
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    Short yardage. Frankly other than that its suboptimal unless you have the threat to pass.
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    JD running the read option seems like it would be more productive, but It is a good way to get the ball in a playmakers hands and it is a recruiting tool. I suppose it also takes 1-2 hits of the QB each game whereas a QB draw can get your starting QB beat up.

    Overall it is frustrating to watch though, unless it works like against UT.
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    Unless we get add a viable option to Burton keeping the ball and letting 11 guys chase him, ours is going to work about like it did today.
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    Don't know about that, Trey's made some big runs as a QB for us.
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    it is something teams have to prepare for if they dont they will not have the proper run fits and will get gashed
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    It's useful in obvious run situations, as it forces the defense to play 11 on 11, as opposed to a more traditional set, where the QB essentially takes himself out of the play by handing the ball off (which would give the defense an advantage of playing 11 on 10). A lot of teams use old school blocking concepts out of the Wildcat (like the Power O popularized by Vince Lombardi in Green Bay), so it sets up like any other run play, with the added benefit of an extra blocker.

    But, I agree, the ways some teams use it make no sense.
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    Exactly....I thought the spread with Burton was just what we needed today at the time.
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    Is it really 11-on-11 if Driskel is not a good blocker? I think that same formation with Driskel running a read-option nets the same effect unless Burton surprises everyone with a pass.

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