Different Types of Spreads
The term "spread" has been too general as it describes offenses made from Urban Meyer all the way to June Jones. Many college fans do not know that each spread is different by the priorities used each and every offensive guru type in the NCAA. There are many different types of spreads, but they all come back to three people, Mike Leach, June Jones, and Urbie himself.
Mike Leach was the man who engineered the Texas Tech offenses to the top most of the seasons he was there. Mike Leach loves to use the mismatch of spreading too much guys in coverage to expose the holes that zone coverage has. He does this using shorter and intermediate routes to make these holes in the coverage exist.
June Jones' offenses were originally named the Run and Shoot. That means that the quarterback would litterally run out of the pocket and find the deepest man open. Hawaii was known for it's explosiveness and the ability to make big plays happen with deeper routes than Mike Leach. His offense was used in Detroit with Andre Ware. This offense is more vertical than Leach's. Compare the types of throws Graham Harrell and Kyle Padron makes.
There are two different variations of Spread Options. We have the Rich Rod type and the Urban Meyer type. The Rich Rod type was the type of spread that compressed your defense, then they tore tiny holes in the front 7. Urban Meyer uses speed of his offensive players like Percy Harvin to strech the defense, then use the combination of a quarterback and runningback to make the rest of the run game.