Jon Gruden: 'It's the coolest play I found this year. I want this play'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 25, 2016

Jon Gruden can’t get enough of Michigan State’s bunch formation in the red zone.

Connor Cook was on Gruden’s QB Camp this weekend, and Gruden wanted to know about the bunch play that worked so well for the Spartans.

“The coolest play I found this year was at Michigan State. I love bunch formations,” Gruden said. “Three receivers tight together, I call it bunch. I sit in my office, and I come up with new bunch combinations. When I watch the Spartans in the red zone, they have this play-action pass run out of bunch, with the coolest ball-handling I’ve ever seen.

It’s the greatest play in college football. I want this play. Tell me this play”

The play involves two play-actions — one to the running back, then one to a sweeping receiver. Cook has multiple options to throw to, but the tight end who run-blocks and then slips out gets open almost every time.

“We’ve got ‘Nasty Right’ — ‘Cluster’ is out wider, ‘Nasty’ is closer,” Cook said. “Nasty Right Pass 34 Way Z Fargo Y Pop. … There’s only been one time we ran it and it hasn’t been there.”

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