Joe Osovet 'an innovator' of the RPO

Joe Osovet 'an innovator' of the RPO

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Joe Osovet 'an innovator' of the RPO

Joe Osovet

Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

KNOXVILLE — In 2001, Joe Osovet started running an offensive scheme called a manipulation. 17 years later, college football knows manipulation as RPOs.

Osovet’s scheme is known for his creative manipulation of defenders.

The current Tennessee Player Development analyst served as offensive coordinator at Nassau Community College and wide receivers coach at LIU before being named head coach at Nassau CC in 2013.

Osovet served as head coach at Nassau CC from 2013-15 before taking the head coaching position at ASA College from 2016-17.

Joe Osovet

Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

Jeremy Pruitt brought in the RPO innovator during his first season as head coach at Tennessee. Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, Pruitt is looking to replace the departed Tyson Helton who served as UT’s offensive coordinator and is now Western Kentucky’s head coach.

No matter the direction from Pruitt in replacing Helton on his staff, keeping Osovet in UT’s program would be ideal as he is a coach on the rise that is now working at the Power 5 FBS level.

Marc Poppe currently serves as quarterbacks coach for Nassau CC and crossed paths with Osovet when he was a coach at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, N.Y.

Poppe told Vols Wire that Osovet “is a bright guy and he knows offense” and that “you see what he did with his offensive numbers at Nassau and then went to ASA and his numbers were fabulous.”

“I knew him prior to getting to Nassau as a high school coach,” Poppe said. “He (Osovet) was very knowledgeable about the offensive system he had. In the area he was looked at very highly from coaches and a lot of high school coaches went to him to learn his philosophy and his style of offense that he was running at Nassau.”

Poppe discussed Osovet’s formula of creating and coaching his players to run manipulation plays (RPOs) before anyone thought of using the scheme.

“The interesting thing that he did was that he called it a manipulation,” Poppe said. “He was very instrumental in the third-level RPOs in starting to read safeties and so forth. He was an innovator as far as that goes.

“My dealings with him were not specifically working with him, but seeing him through different clinics and talking with him and so forth, in more of round table discussions. He really dove into things that he was doing and he helped the local high school guys out a lot.”

 

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