A variation of this play is a double reverse, in which the second ball-carrier takes the ball all or part way back across the field before he too hands off to a teammate running in the opposite direction. This causes the flow of the play to "reverse" a second time. A double reverse adds another level of surprise to the defense; however, the play takes more time and space to develop and increases the risk of a big loss or a fumbled handoff.
Another variation is the reverse option. On a reverse option, the second ball-carrier runs for a few steps, then (optionally) passes the ball downfield to a teammate, similar to a halfback option play.
Many teams will also use the threat of a reverse to gain an advantage on simple sweep plays. In such a case, the quarterback might pitch the ball to the running back, who will fake a handoff or lateral to a teammate running in the opposite direction. The distraction is sometimes enough for the running back to gain an edge in getting past the defense.
KASPER'S RUN REVIVES SLUGGISH BRONCOS DOUBLE REVERSE WORKS BETTER IN GAME THAN IT DID DURING SEVERAL DRY RUNS IN PRACTICE.(Monday Blitz)
Dec 10, 2001; Byline: Jim Benton News Staff Writer Kevin Kasper admits the play didn't work as well in practice as it did in Sunday night's...