College Football News May 13: Future of the Triple-Option

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There’s a reason certain programs like Navy are dedicated to the triple-option: the scheme’s nuances can overcome certain talent deficiencies.

The Midshipmen have ridden their version of the triple-option to consistent winning seasons, with the occasional upset of a Notre Dame or other high-level opponent sprinkled in. Last year, Navy took eventual champion Ohio State to the brink.

Gone, however, are the days of the triple-option powering national championship contenders, as it did when Nebraska dominated the landscape in the 1990s. Alex Kolodziej examines the effectiveness of the triple-option for Today’s U. in the context of the 2014 season.

With Georgia Tech winning the Orange Bowl and various, triple-option-running teams from the Group of Five finding success last season, it’s interesting to see just how much of an equalizer the system was — or wasn’t.

Clemson Offense Has Potential to Put Up Big Numbers — Again

Andre Adelson, ESPN.com

The nation is abuzz with anticipation for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s first full season as starter. But with offensive mastermind Chad Morris gone, taking his innovative playbook to SMU, will the Tigers exhibit the same firepower?

Andrea Adelson takes a look at how the 2015 Clemson offense is built, and what it’s capable of in the coming year.

Montreal Alouettes Take South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge in the CFL Draft

SportsNet

Canadian-born quarterback Brandon Bridge was a dual-threat standout for South Alabama, leading the fledgling program to its first-ever bowl appearance in 2014. His next step on the gridiron could be back in his native country for the Montreal Alouettes.

Montreal selected Bridge in the fourth round of Tuesday’s Canadian Football League draft, where he’ll join former Butch Jones-coached Central Michigan star Dan LeFevour and former Tennessee Vol Jonathan Crompton.

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Bridge drew interest from NFL franchises and worked out with the Dallas Cowboys last weekend.

Bridge’s playmaking ability, size and big arm could still land him a spot in the NFL, but he should be a fit north of the border. Andrew Buchholtz of Yahoo! 55-Yard Line noted that the CFL has an odd rule that does not allow franchises to draft quarterbacks in the early rounds.

Another noteworthy American collegiate player of Canadian lineage drafted was former Yale running back Tyler Varga. Like Bridge, Varga generated some initial NFL buzz, coming off a 2014 season in which he surpassed 1,400 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in the Ivy League’s limited schedule.

Varga went for 185 yards and a remarkable five touchdowns in Yale’s 49-43 upset of Army last September, a rare Ivy League defeat of a Bowl Subdivision opponent.