A play in football in which the quarterback takes the snap (behind center or in the shotgun) and runs to either the right or the left, with a running back trailing him. The quarterback then either laterals the football to the back behind him, or keeps the ball and advance it down the field.
In truth, the option run is really any designed running play involving two or more backs that gives the quarterback more than one option as the play progresses. The option run, also commonly referred to as just the “option,” has many variations, including the double or triple option, and is part of an overall modern strategy known as the “option offense” that often includes passing. It is favored by teams with smaller and faster athletic backs who can make explosive plays, using deception and blocking to get players in open space where they can do damage with their speed.