The Wishbone 38 Sweep Option is a medium to long yardage running play out of the Wishbone Formation. This play is an Option, meaning the QB has to read the position of the Defensive End, who is released by the Tight End.
The wishbone was designed to run a triple option with a lead blocker. The purpose of an option is to eliminate one defender without blocking him. Ideally, the defender must make a choice to eliminate one of two offensive players. This is a double option. This option offensive scheme forces a defender to choose one of two offensive players who can advance the ball and then allows the other offensive player to carry the ball, making whatever choice the defender made the “wrong” choice. Because of this aspect of the defensive player taking himself out of the play by his choice, the offensive player that would otherwise block that defensive player can now block a different defender, placing severe pressure on the defense to cover the dive, the quarterback run, the pitch or the pass to a receiver.