APPLETON (WLUK) -- Xavier's offense has defenses spinning their heads this season as the Hawks have gone from their customary spread offense to the triple-option and the results have been terrific as the Hawks have dominated through their first four games.
Xavier has scored at least 41 points in every game, so the transition to a new offense has been smooth.
"Obviously a bunch of teams have moved to the spread offense and we were one of the first teams to do it, like back in 2011 and now that everyone's starting to adapt and get used to the spread offense we're kind of switching back to the old-school offense and it's hard to defend when you're not playing against it every week and you're not practicing against it," quarterback Ray Zuleger said.
Coach Dave Hinkens has been impressed with the transition but added the move isn't completely a face lift.
"To go from what we were to what we are, I thought there would me a little bit more growing pains with this but there are a lot of mirror between what we did, we brought a lot of the same concepts over, especially in our pass game," he said.
The igniter in the offense is Zuleger who has more than 490 rushing yards and passing yards, while combining for 17 total touchdowns. Furthermore, he has yet to play a full game because Xavier has won each game by at least 28 points.
Zuleger had 2,147 passing yards with 21 TD passes last season and 711 rushing yards. with nine TDs. He's been a big-play player, but added it means nothing without winning.
"For me, like I've always had pretty decent numbers and put up stats, but we just didn't have the wins to follow and that was my big emphasis this year, is just doing what the team needs," he said. "If I need to give the ball on a run play because I know it will make the team better and we'll get more yards on that play and that's what I'm doing this year and it's really working out for us."
Hinkens' offense has had great quarterbacks in the past like Matt Ferris, Hunter Plamann and Zach Simons and Zuleger is following in their footsteps.
"We wanted to re-emerge with an identity that we had for a long time around here and we've done that," Hinkens said. "We're a very different style football team. This is very much like 2001 to 2104-ish area in there of how we played.
"We've gone back to our roots and I feel real good about what we've done, where we're at and where we're going."
So far this season, the offense has been going to the end zone.
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