The read option in the spread formation was all Cam and Stewart.
Williams was involved in select option plays but never actually involved in the play action aspect of a read option....
Putting Williams on the field in a pistol formation also doesnt mean he is part of that read option being discussed....he was part of the pitch option aspect. Yes, Cam is making a "read" if he pitches
it but that isn't the read option being discussed.
We run the pistol spread formation roughly 50% of all plays. When Cam lines up in the shotgun about 4-5 yards behind center with either Stewart or Williams about 3 yards behind them that is the pistol formation. From that we run a series of plays either passing, run action passing, straight running or an option variation. Anytime that Cam starts moving the ball to the right or left, and it isn't a rollout, that is the pistol spread option. He used it with both Williams or Stewart.
Think about it for a minute and consider if we only ran an option play with Stewart and Williams had the majority of rushing plays then we would purposely tipping our hand depending on who was in there. Plus it would very predictable and cut down on our options if we didn't run the same formations for both backs. If you will stop arguing for a minute as if this is contest of knowledge and think about it for a minute you will understand what I am saying. What you are also confusing is that when they ran Stewart inside and Williams mostly outside that that is a different sytem. That is simply 2 variations of the double option. When both Stewart and Williams were in there together, that was a triple option.
As for watching college ball, I have season tickets to ECU and watch all their games. Guess what they run all year long???? Yeah that would be the spread offense. there are several teams they played this year which used spread variations including the pistol spread option.
But I am not going to keep arguing, I showed you what we run and what it is called. If you want to keep saying it is a read option then feel free.
BTW: The running back and the quarterback don't both read the option independently, that would result in them not being on the same page and frequently running into each other or going in different directions. The play is called at the line and the quarterback calls the variation after looking at the defense. The running back runs the play called. Only once he has the ball does he have the option to read the play and take it where he wants. That is a function of zone blocking which is what we use on in the spread formation and his job is to take the ball inside or outside based on where he sees a hole developing or cutting it back if he finds a seam.