Friday Q&A: Tuesday Edition

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Today Raleigh Hokie and Chris Coleman will take part in a Tuesday Edition of
the Friday Q&A. Raleigh gives a great lecture on the passing tree and what
it means in Tech’s offense, and they both discuss the positions on offense at which Tech
could least afford an injury this season.

We meed more questions for upcoming editions of Friday Q&A. If you have a
question to ask, send it to [email protected].

1) Discuss the concept of the passing tree and its usefulness. How
difficult is it for a freshman wide receiver to learn the passing tree? How much can it be scaled back to help the younger receivers?

Raleigh Hokie: The passing tree is a simple approach to organizing and
numbering the various pass routes used by an offense. The concept is
introduced at the earliest levels of organized football because it is
straightforward and easy to learn.

Here is the basic wide receiver passing tree, which you can see in the graphic to
the right:

1 – Short out (5 yards at the break)
3 – Deep out (10+ yards at the break)
5 – Corner or flag route (10+ yards, break at angle to the corner or end zone
7 – Post Corner – (two breaks, first toward the post, then to the corner)
9 – Fly or Go route – “go deep!”

2 – Slant route (0-3 steps, then angle towards the center of the field)
4 – In or Comeback route (5+ yards at the break, then cross or comeback at 45
degree angle)
6 – Deep In or Curl route (10+ yards, then drag across or sit down inside on the
8 – Post – (deep route, 10+ yards, then break at an angle toward the goal post)

Others not shown:

0 – Short in or dig (max 2-3 steps then drag inside or dig back at a 45 degree
10 – Stop and go (double move, sit down inside at 5 yards, then break deep)
12 – Skinny post (break at 5-7 yards — a route in between a slant and a deep

Similar passing trees are structured for RB’s and TE’s, but with differences in
routes and route names. For example, in-line TE’s do not