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The Spread Offense Traces Its Roots to Depression-Era Texas

The vast fields that span the width and breadth of Texas produce a number of hearty crops, such as cotton, corn and soybeans. And now quarterbacks, thanks greatly to the growth of high school spread offenses across the state since the early 1990s.
Chad Morris currently runs one of the best at Lake Travis (Austin). Last year’s senior quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, was the national player of the year and broke his own state record by throwing for 4,854 yards for a state career-record 12,537.

Morris is no farmer, but he appears to make an apt analogy between the spread offense and a crop that thrives thanks to proper planning and care.

“You’ve got to have a program set in place that develops quarterbacks from the sixth grade up,” said Morris, who arrived at Lake Travis a year ago after running a successful spread at Class 4A Stephenville. “It’s not a one-year offense because you’ve got a certain kid.”

While Gilbert has been Texas’ best in terms of passing yards, he wasn’t the first mega-passer at Lake Travis. His predecessor, Todd Reesing, piled up yards before heading off to Kansas to help the Jayhawks to their first BCS game.

Full article: Spread traces its roots to Depression-era Texas high school football by Jeff Miller Special to ESPNRISE

For more on origin and uses of the spread, see:

Spread concepts around for decades by Mark Schlabach ESPN.com

Who runs the spread offense? ESPN.com Staff