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2018 YUKON FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Millers aim to spread the rock in year two

Yukon coach Jeremy Reed has been saying the transformation from Year 1 to Year 2 with his offensive system is one of the biggest in his programs.

Reed’s flexbone, triple-option offense is one of the more complex offenses to grasp, but when the light bulb goes on for his players, it can be one of the most difficult offenses to defend.

In Year 1, Yukon led the state in rushing yardage with most of those yards coming from quarterback Perry Olsen. This year, the Millers will again look to lead the state in ground yards but with a more balanced attack.

Reed said that will come with execution and more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

“We have made huge strides from Year 1 to Year 2,” Reed said. “The execution in practice has been better than it was the entire year last year. The skill guys have a much better understanding of what they are supposed to do and the offensive line is coming along. We have three new starters on the offensive line, so there is good competition there so far. They are staying consistent and that is what we need out of them.”

Jackson Young will man the offense for Yukon in 2018. While Reed said there are similarities between Young and Olsen, there also are differences.

“I love Perry Olsen,” Reed said. “We had a chance to do some special things together. We will be close for the rest of my life. Jackson is totally different than Perry. Jackson does some things better than Perry. He is a great player, especially mentally, which is what we require out of our quarterbacks. He is playing at an extremely high level right now. It will be a different style of quarterback play this year. We are going to get the ball to more people. That is no knock on Perry at all. We did what we had to do last year and had success but Jackson is not going to be expected to carry the ball 20 times and average 100 yards on the ground.”

Reed said there will be many differences in this year’s version of the offense compared to last year.

“You will see a true triple-option offense this year,” Reed said. “These kids have more knowledge this year. We are going to be more efficient in the passing game. We want to be able to throw when we want to, not when we have to. There is a myth about our offense that we just like to run a lot of clock and shorten the game. We have as many, if not more, explosive plays in our offense as the spread offenses. Our personnel this year will allow us to do more things.”

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