Please continue.....digging a hole about something you are wrong about. You see, just b/c something is considered an option play....doesn't make it the read option. the read option is Cam's bread and butter and what he got Chud to add.
That is not the read option. Please see the links above showing Cam and Stewart running the read option. I already addressed that clip in my prior post.....that is NOT the read option. Williams didn't run the read with Cam. As for your clip, which the play was addressed prior to your post, your first clue should of been he was under center and the read option works out of the spread formation.
Williams took a couple pitches. That is not running the read option w/ Cam.
Stewart ran the read option....there are endless examples showing it and Cam/Stewart piling up the yards.
There are none with Williams running the read option. A couple time he was on the field as Cam/Stewart ran the read option and was there for the option pitch. The read option became a staple of our offense.....the sprinkled in option pitches were not.
Perhaps we need to review the option a bit so we can be on the same page. Here is a primer that is pretty good, Yeah it is wikipedia but the info is pretty good.
Here is one from nebraska which runs the option
And here is 1 from the spread option. Note they mention Malzahn who was Cam's coach at Auuburn:
Finally we use a variation called the pistol spread option
As the article mentions what makes the option different from a straight run is that in all options the quarterback reads the defense either presnap or after the ball is hiked and then deals the ball based on how the defense islined up or how they react. So on option play there is a read going on which is the quarterback not the runner. When the runner is lined up inside the quarterback either hand it off inside or keeps it off tackle or around the end. When the runner is outside the quarterback either keeps it inside or pitches it outside based on the defensive end.
As you can see what you are describing are all variation of the pistol spread option. In Deangelo's version he was lined up to the right of the Newton with a Blocker in front and the action went that way. But Deangelo reverrsed fields and Newton pitched him the ball going the opoosite direction.
But you are confused if you think a read option and an option play are different they are not. depending on the alignment the read can be different but the nature of the option which means to have various options based on the defensive read means they were both options play and both reads. The only caveat is where the you have a quarterback draw for example where there is not a read.