Saturday’s Offensive Drills – Week 10

Just 16 days away from the start of spring practice. Hopefully you have already read the two posts above this… We will have a Parent Meeting at the end of our first spring practice on Monday, May 3 (all the details are in the post and the flyer that is attached). Also, on Monday night (two days from now) you will be getting tickets to sell for the Booster Club’s Cinco de Mayo fundraiser.

Before we get into the drills today, check out these two plays from USC’s Spring Practice. First the defensive play by tackle DaJohn Harris (also notice the effort and hustle of the QB). The second play which starts at about the :48 second mark features tailback Dillon Baxter. There is a lot to take away from both of these plays… 1) The athleticism of both Harris and Baxter, 2) The hustle of the QB to get back down field and make the play, and 3) The most important thing I see is the offensive linemen on the TD run getting down field (notice the linemen in the end zone when the run ends).

On to the drills…

The Quarterback Drill comes from quarterback guru Todd Krueger. Krueger refers to the drill as “The Elway Drill” in reference to Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway. It contains many elements, with the QB feeling pressure from a pad, “backing” out and throwing on the run. We will use this on Monday and Tuesday night. There is a lot to gain from this drill and QBs should be ready and it should appear as though you’ve done this already before Monday.

The Running Back Drill is an older video from current Ohio University Head Coach Frank Solich when he was coaching in the late 90s and early 00s at Nebraska. The video addresses Ball Technique and Hand Position. While this may seem simple, the information from Coach Solich is very valuable.

The Wide Receiver Drill is a Four Cone Drill from Nike. The emphasis is on the athlete getting out of their break with their hips and head around, bringing their hands up to catch the football. It cannot be emphasized enough that our receivers need to run better routes and do a better job of catching the football.

The Offensive Line Drill is a “Get Up” Drill. The lineman starts flat on his back, quickly getting to his feet and running and breaking down on the sled. Obviously, you don’t have a sled at home. If you are working with more than one person, break down and get your hands in that person’s chest. This is a great drill for a lineman pulling or trapping to break down on the defender to make the block.

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Sunday’s Defensive Drills – Week 9

One more person created a Twitter account and is now following KofaFootball, L. Villa. That brings our number to 17. Remember the goal for the end of this weekend was to reach 30. You have a little work to do.

The Defensive Line Drill instructs athletes on how to use their shoulders and hips against the leverage of the offensive lineman. While the clip is very short, a lot of good information and technique can be learned.

The Linebacker Drill comes from a linebacker in Santa Margarita High School in California. He put this clip together to help him in his college recruiting. He has excellent footwork and very good foot speed. This has quite a few drills that are great for us to work with. You can be sure this is stuff you will be seeing throughout the spring.

The Defensive Back Drill comes from the Nike Drill series, this one is the ESP Drill. One of the kyes of this drill is that the athlete doesn’t overstep and that the athlete makes sure to stay inside the wide receiver. This isn’t necessarily a full speed drill, but make sure the you are pushing one another and making each other work.

See everyone tomorrow night. QBs at 6:30, everyone else at 7 p.m.

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Saturday’s Offensive Drills – Week 9

Good workout this week, hopefully everyone looks forward to getting back out there on Monday. We have 15 guys following KofaFootball on Twitter. The goal for the end of the weekend is to have at least 30, minimum. If you haven’t created an account, do it now. Some very important information is going to be passed through the Twitter account on May 1.

The Quarterback Drill is another Mark Sanchez workout. This one has him preparing for the 2009 NFL Draft. Sanchez is working on his footwork and foot quickness in this drill. He listens to the instructor and does a fine job of breaking his feet down at the end of the drill.

The Running Back Drill is from last season’s Minnesota Vikings’ Offseason Team Activities. It shows the Vikings running backs working through the bags and other various drill. The emphasis we need to take from watching this is the speed and intensity these athletes have while working.

The Wide Receiver Drill comes from Alabama’s Spring Practices in 2009. Watch how the receivers break down to make their cuts, catch the football, tuck it away and accelerate down the field.

The Offensive Line Drill is the second part of what you looked at last week. This shows lineman working through the principles that were discussed in last week’s video. These two videos are excellent and do a great job of explaining pass blocking and pass blocking technique.

Check back tomorrow for the Defensive Drills and create that Twitter account to follow the program.

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Quick update of Twitter accounts…

Three Five more have added Twitter accounts and are now following KofaFootball…
V. Garcia
B. Contreras
K. Hurlock
A. Meza
C. Licea

That brings the number to 13 15. Let’s set a goal to get to 30 active players following KofaFootball by the time we hit the field again on Monday night.

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We now have 10…

Here are the 10 guys who have activated a Twitter account and are following KofaFootball…

S. Stahl
G. Lopez
J. Lopez
A. Leon
A. Rubal
C. Klakulak
S. Sorenson
M. Klakulak
A. Lopez
I. Ortega

Guys, again, setting up a Twitter account is real simple… you don’t even need to actively follow the account on the internet, this is something you can follow through text messages on your phone…
Also, encourage your parents to sign up and follow the account as well. This will be an excellent way for us to get information out to everyone as we approach Spring Practice and Summer Workouts.

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Spring Break LunchTime Link…

The last day of Spring Break means the last LunchTime Link. Also, the offer from yesterday’s post still stands. S. Stahl, J. Lopez, and G. Lopez already have an account setup to follow the Twitter account. If you guys show up for tomorrow night, you will get a surprise…

The Huskies celebrate their victory over the University of Arizona in 2009.

Today’s link is kind of a “heads up” to our offensive line at Kofa. The University of Washington’s offensive line is making it their priority this spring to become more physical. For the Huskies it goes back to failing to convert a 4th and goal from inside the 1 yard line against Notre Dame las season. For these guys it’s not just about becoming physically stronger but also mentally stronger.

Senior Offensive Lineman Steve Christine said that he already recognizes a difference this spring.

“Mentally, we are way further ahead,” said Christine, who has recovered from a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle suffered in October against Arizona. “When they call a play, you know what you are supposed to do. Last year, when they said a play, you would sit there on the way to the line and say, ‘OK, what’s that play? I’ve got to do this.’ Now we just run to the line and wait for the defense.”

This comment makes a lot of sense. Football isn’t just about physical strength and toughness but it’s also about being mentally ready to play football. Knowing what you are doing everytime a play is called in the offensive huddle is a huge advantage. Our goal is to be both physically and mentally tough. The most physically and mentally tough team in the region.

Keep that in mind as we work tomorrow night and everyday from here on out in preparation for the 2010 season.

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Sunday’s Defensive Drills – Week 8

Happy Easter.

Now let’s get to football stuff. (Check the “add-on” to this post at the bottom)

The Defensive Line Drill is a cone-progression sprint. This is not just a conditioning exercise, it is an agility drill that emphasizes changing directions quickly and explosion. Our defensive linemen need to improve their quickness and this is an excellent drill that will help us accomplish that task.

The Linebacker Drill is a footwork drill from the University of Miami. It focuses on a linebacker’s first step. The first step a linebacker takes is the key to whether or not that linebacker is going to make the play defensively.

The Defensive Back Drill is the In Drill. It works on a number of different techniques for a defensive back. The athlete shuffles, sprints forward, backpedals, and catches the football at its highest point. All of which a defensive back must do to be successful at that position.

There will be one more LunchTime Link tomorrow before Spring Break ends. QBs at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, with linemen and skill position backs arriving at 7 p.m. Also, a special surprise on Tuesday night following the workout for the next 10 players to create a Twitter account and follow KofaFootball.

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Saturday’s Offensive Drills – Week 8

Just a couple of days left of Spring Break. We will be back on the field Tuesday night, working hard to get better. Here are the drills for this week.  We are 30 days away from the start of spring practice.

The Quarterback Drill is a footwork drill from Jets’ Quarterback Mark Sanchez. Many experts claim that Sanchez, coming off a decent rookie season in New York, is already one of the most technically sound QBs in the NFL. Work with a partner and follow the commands of the partner: right, left, front, back, and throw. This is an excellent drill that can get you better with just 5-6 reps each day.

The Running Back Drill is a three-hurdle agility drill. Something to watch in this video is the athlete’s quickness and burst as he changes directions during the drill. The athlete keeps the ball tucked away in his left arm throughout the drill. Be sure to change the hand you carry the ball in when you start a new rep.

The Wide Receiver Drill comes from the Cincinatti Bengals training camp. While it hard to see the actual drill because of spectators blocking our view. This is a six-cone drill where the receivers work on quick feet around the cone before exploding forward and catching the football. You will hear the person recording the workout mention how much quicker Chad Ochocinco is then the rest, and he’s right.

The Offensive Line Drill is kind of a two-parter. This will go along with next week’s drill. This week is an explanation of pass blocking technique and principles. The idea this weekend is to watch, listen and learn. The actual drill work will come in next week’s video. Look at past workouts, get out and work on those drills.

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Spring Break LunchTime Link…

Virginia quarterback Marc Verica takes part in spring workouts. (Courtesy of the University of Virginia)

Today’s link takes us to the University of Virginia where Mike London takes over after the school fired Al Groh. In 2008 London led Richmond to the FCS National Championship.

In his first spring practice at Virginia, London is changing the way the Cavaliers go about their business. While the attitude among the coaching staff and players may be a little relaxed, but something that isn’t relaxed is the team’s attention to details, or as sophomore quarterback Marc Verica said, the little things.

The team is also looking for playmakers to step up. They lose their top four running backs from 2009 and are changing philosophies on both offense and defense.

And, of course, Virginia is going through the spring without a depth chart.

“Everyone understands and knows this is a job audition again,” London said. “Everyone is going to be evaluated on what they bring to the position. There’s no preconceived notions going into this thing. Everyone feels like they have a chance to show what they can and can’t do and we’ll go from there.”

This is the type of competition that will push athletes to get better and programs to grow stronger.

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Spring Break LunchTime Link…

At about the “midway” point of Spring Break 2010, and today’s link looks at one of our in-state schools, Arizona State University.

Incoming Michigan transfer Steven Threet talks about the battle for the Sun Devils’ open quarterback spot. Threet, a junior who began his college career at Georgia Tech, is now at his third school after splitting time with Nick Sheridan during the 2008 season at Michigan. He now finds himself in a battle with sophomore Brock Osweiler.

Coach Dennis Erickson’s approach at the beginning of spring practice is to rotate “first team” snaps on a daily basis between the two signal callers. Until someone steps up and proves that they are better at the position, it sounds like this will continue to be Arizona State’s plan. Both QBs seem to be relishing the competition and using it as motivation to push themselves to get better everday, something Threet mentions in the video.

Again, check back tomorrow.

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