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12 Jul 2011

Study Up: John Jenkins’ Houston Run And Shoot

A look at the beginnings of the modern run and shoot as they were implemented at the University of Houston by John Jenkins. Chris Brown of Smart Football will take you through some of the finer points of the system and how they relate to today's spread offense sets. On a related note: John Jenkins may be trying to tear your defense apart as you read this article.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 12 Jul 2011

5 comments, Last at 13 Jul 2011, 2:49pm by trill


by Alaska Jack :: Tue, 07/12/2011 - 3:59pm

The Cougar's 1991 loss to Miami (41-10) was in my opinion the most crushing PR blow to the run and shoot. The game was heavily hyped, and Houston's loss was widely portrayed as "exposing" the "gimmick offense" -- Never mind that this team was loaded with elite talent (their three starting linebackers were Michael Barrow, Jesse Armstead and Darrin Smith), playing at home and would eventually win the co-national championship.

It didn't help that Houston went on to lose the next week (51-10) to a decent-but-not-great Minnesota team -- a far less excusable loss.

- aj

by Dean :: Tue, 07/12/2011 - 4:48pm

What a great game that was. Ah, memories.

by MatMan :: Tue, 07/12/2011 - 4:21pm

"Houston Gamblers Quarterback Manuel." Awesome.

by trill :: Wed, 07/13/2011 - 8:58am

Looks like this was dictated to a very busy assistant. Fantastic info, though. Soooo many half-rolls.

by trill :: Wed, 07/13/2011 - 2:49pm

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