Brian Anderson


CougCenter responsibilities include: Writing, with an emphasis on breaking down football schemes and finding interesting ways to look at data.

Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Wash., I'm a current graduate student in environmental science at WSU Tri-Cities and researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

A former high school quarterback, I like to bring the knowledge and insight I gained while playing the position and studying the game to my writing. I also apply techniques in data analysis I've learned professionally when the situation calls for it.


Play diagram: Shakes, Stick, and Corners


Here are a trio of route concepts that can work with previously presented plays.

Play diagram: Y-Cross


When the Air Raid wants a big play, it usually goes to Four Verts. But Y-Cross is pretty good in that regard, too.

Play diagram: Y-Sail


A flood concept that exemplifies how Mike Leach uses triangles to force the defense into making a mistake.

Play diagram: The Shallow Cross


That one play where Dominique Williams is wide open forever.

Play diagram: The Wheel


It's a versatile play that can be used both to gash the defense big gains and also get just that little bit of separation in the red zone.

Play diagram: All Curl


We deconstruct another staple of the Air Raid playbook. It looks just like it sounds.

Play diagram: Mesh


We dissect the pass concepts in the Air Raid beginning with one of its staples.

Anatomy of a play call

Names of plays in football sound like nonsense, but their purpose is simple: Convey a ton of information about formation, pass protection and routes in the fewest amount of words. Here's how it works.

Basics of pass protection

Diagrams of a few basic protection schemes and a slew of external links on the topic.

Naming Leach's offensive formations


In this installment of our series deconstructing the Air Raid playbook of Mike Leach at WSU, we turn our focus to the offense. Describing the prevalent formations and what Coach Leach calls them.

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