I took the time to hash out some more of the details and explanations behind my theory that the next phase for pro-style spread offenses in college ball will feature dual-threat QBs working with multiple TEs in spread sets.
I mention the 2016 South Dakota State Jackrabbits who caught my eye a couple of times last year, first for shredding TCU’s defense and then again when they beat North Dakota State in Fargo (which the Bison later avenged in the playoffs). I think it’s pretty likely that the first program to employ my suggested strategy (if someone hasn’t already) will be a FCS program.
FCS teams seem to find TEs more commonly than many power 5 programs, probably because it’s a developmental position and one that is often more about skill than sheer athletic talent. But Rice has employed tactics not too far from what I’m suggesting and perhaps Tom Herman will eventually get here at Texas.