The following was taken from an article, Belly Series in the Delaware Wing T, written by Ted Kempski, Assistant Football Coach, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, in The Athletic Journal, September, 1976.


The Delaware Wing T is more than a formation. It is a philosophy of attack based on the anticipation of certain adjustments forced upon the defense due to the position of the wingback. It is a four back running system that forces the secondary to play at least three deep, due to the presences of three deep receiving threats. Thus it is readily apparent that although the Delaware Wing T is a ground-oriented attack, it is equally dependent on an interrelated passing game.

Although the Wing T has undergone drastic changes during the past two and one-half decades to stay abreast of the increased defensive sophistication, the basic principles designed and developed by Dave Nelson and Tubby Raymond remain intact.

  1. The Wing T is designed for consistency, strength, and is ball control oriented.
  2. The formations are characterized by a wingback so there is the threat of at least three deep receivers.
  3. The quarterback threatens the flank either with action or away from it on every play providing either an additional threat to the attack flank or misdirection threatening the flank away from flow.
  4. All three backs are close enough to the formation so that they may be used as blockers, ball-carriers or for deception.
  5. The offense is designed in complete backfield series, each of which presents multiple threats to the defense on each play.
  6. It has a balance of passing which is predominantly play action in nature.
  7. The spread of receivers is accomplished by ends and is made to accommodate the running game and not as a mechanism to enhance the passing game.

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