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Football: Offensive Formations

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Football: Offensive Formations Answer Key

The foundation of a football offense is five linemen and a quarterback who lines up behind the center.
Which offensive formation uses two running backs who line up single file behind the quarterback?
  1. Pro Set
  2. I-Formation
  3. Single-back
  4. Shotgun
Which offensive formation is shown here?
  • Pro Set
Which offensive formation is shown here?
  • This is a Pro Set with two tight ends instead of two wide receivers.
In a single-back formation, which running back is lined up behind the quarterback?
  • Answers will vary, but should include -- either a fullback or a halfback depending on the situation
In what kind of situation would an offense use a fullback lined up in a single-back formation?
  1. when only a few yards are needed to make a first down or a touchdown
  2. late in the game when the offense is trailing by two touchdowns
  3. when it's first and ten yards to go
  4. on fourth and long
Which formation has the quarterback standing as many as five yards behind the center?
  1. Single-back
  2. I-Formation
  3. Shotgun
  4. Pro Set
When might the offense line up in an empty set?
  1. when only a few yards are needed to make a first down or a touchdown
  2. when a big gain is needed in a hurry
  3. when all the team's running backs are hurt
  4. when the quarterback is going to hand the ball off
What's the difference between a halfback and a fullback?
  • Answers may vary, but should include -- A fullback is usually a heavier, stronger player who can carry the ball successfully when only a few yards are needed. The halfback is a lighter, quicker, faster player who can avoid tacklers and run quickly to either side of the line. The halfback looks to break through the defense for a big gain.
Once the offense comes to the line of scrimmage in one formation, it cannot change to another formation.
  1. True
  2. False
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