Originally posted by outside4949:
I don't think coach ault always ran it with the read option. I think it was 06 before kap started, not sure. I have some tapes from that year i will see if i can can find it. im sure your probably right. I will see if i can get some video up from its inception. Its interesting none the less.
Yes, Ault first ran the pistol in 2006 with QB Jeff Rowe. There was no read option. Rowe was a good athlete, but nowhere near the runner Kap was. Still, Rowe looked pretty good running from the newly invented pistol, even without the read option. And he ended up getting drafted to the NFL in round 5 to Cincinnati. But he got cut his second year to Carson Palmer's brother, Jordon.
In Kap's freshman year, there was still no read option. His first ever start was against Boise State who had a solid defense. Still Kap shredded them for 177 yards rushing (2 TDs) and 243 yards passing (3 TDs). Well, the stats were inflated a bit since that game had 4 overtimes (Boise eventually winning 69-67). Still, Kap's rushing was great considering there were no read option plays, plus it was his first start ever as a freshman. So Kap was still a great runner even without the read option, and he wasn't nearly as fast back then as is his now.
So far as injuries go with the pistol formation or read option, all I can say is that every single offensive play in Kap's career at Nevada was from the pistol formation (maybe just a couple of exceptions). And Nevada ran the read option with Kap from his sophomore to senior year. With all of that, Kap only had a serious injury once, and that was in a bowl game in 2008 where he injured his ankle in the first half. He still played the whole game with the injury, though, and was voted co-MVP. Had it not been the last game of the season, I think Kap would of missed some games and he may of had surgery on the ankle too, but I don't recall. Then again, I don't recall if the injury had anything to do with the read option.
Yes, you can say Nevada didn't face strong defenses in the WAC, but they also played strong teams outside the league games. Plus Boise State always had a very strong defense. And Kap held up pretty well and put up incredible rushing yards, especially considering the WAC teams saw him and the pistol every year and knew what to prepare for.
[ Edited by PineNut on Aug 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM ]