He couldn't come up with just one name for his collegiate offense, so he kinda put it in the middle.
"The spread....Pistol offense," is how Tandon Doss describe the system used during his time at Indiana-especially in the last two seasons.
Indeed their were elements of each during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, when Doss went from an average receiver to a legitimate big play threat that garnered the attention of those in the Big Ten and the nation.
The greatest benefit, however, may actually come over the next two months, especially during this weekends NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"Knowing all the types of routes, the depth and what they expect, just being able to read defenses, and finding open spots," said Doss of the advantages of being in a pass first offense and heading to the NFL. "It really helps out at lot."
Oppotunties have been aplenty since Ben Chappell took over at quarterback in 2009, with the Hoosiers even leading the Big Ten in passing attempts (513) and yardage per game (287.2). Despite missing the opener against Townson, Doss caught 63 passes for 706 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns.
Just ahead of him in catches was fifth-year senior Terrance Turner, who finished with 67 receptions for 681 yards and three scores of his own. He agrees with Doss that a more prominent air attack could help his draft status and ability to stick with a team.
"We ran a lot of NFL routes and we were really able to learn the things for an NFL offense," said Turner of the Hoosiers's system. "I think it definitely helped me out."
Both receivers have had the chance to help themselves out a bit during this weekend, their first interaction since the end of the season since each trained in different place.
"We talk a good amount about different interviews and different things that we have to look out for," said Turner of Doss. "You know, what to expect and things like that. We've definitely been a help to each other."
Interviews are all that Doss is doing this weekend since he recently had surgery on a groin injury that plagued him throughout the season. Before that and during most of the offseason, he has worked out with teammate and fellow combine participant James Brewer in Bradenton, Fla.
"Its been great to have a good friend their to push you along the way," said Doss of Brewer.