Iowa State takes a 2-1 mark into a matchup against Army. This will be a unique challenge for the Cyclone defense which goes up against the Black Knight’s triple option attack. I.S.U. coach Paul Rhoads says you have to be able to run and defeat the blocks. He says they’ll use a scheme that they haven’t used before and won’t used again. Rhoads says the Cyclone offense must solve an Army defense that has given up just 77 yards on the ground per game.
He says they take a linebacker and put him in a flex position in a gap and that leads to trouble knowing how to block him.
Rhoads says the Army offense is designed to utilize the players strengths. He says they don’t play the spread because it requires more speed, while the option offense takes advantage of the things they do well. Rhoads says the Army option style is different than the option the Cyclones run.
He says it’s a more traditional option with a dive back and the quarterback hands it to him or takes it out and goes. Rhoads says the offense can go east and west, north and south on the same play. Army is also 2-1.