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OSU football Insider: New offense is a whole lot like basketball

Oklahoma State's offense under new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has been described as "basketball on grass."
By Brandon Chatmon Published: May 17, 2010
Basketball on grass.

That’s what many have called Oklahoma State’s new offensive attack because it is a high-scoring, exciting philosophy.

Few people in the state outside of Stillwater understand how deep the comparison goes better than Ty Prestidge.

The Mustang coach has been running the offense at the Class 6A school for over five years and has spent time learning fundamentals of the new offense from the coaching staffs at Texas Tech and Houston, including last summer when Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was the OC for the Cougars.

"It’s a lot like kids playing basketball,” Prestidge said. "You draw up plays, but they know where to sit, (understand) spacing, sitting down in creases against zone defenses and stuff like that. To me, it’s the same thing.”

Prestidge likened the offense to the 3-2 fast break drill which is commonplace in most basketball practices. The point guard stops at the free-throw line and reacts to how the defense is playing the two wing players. In OSU’s new offense, the quarterback is the point guard and the receivers are the wing players.

That’s what makes the amount of repetitions so critical in the offense. Basketball teams repeatedly run the 3-2 fast-break drill, even though it’s never like that in a game. The same principle applies to this offense.

"In basketball practice, you practice the fast break,” Prestidge said.


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