Spring Break LunchTime Link…

A lot of action in the world of college football as spring practice rolls on. This is the time of year when coaches across the country are getting an idea of what their depth charts are going to look like when fall practices begin in August.

It is no different at Kofa. As was discussed at our last team meeting two weeks ago, there is no depth chart right now for the Kings Varsity Football Team. Going into Srping Practice on May 3, the coaching staff doesn’t have a single starter listed at any position across the offense, defense, or special teams. It will be up to the players on the field showing the coaching staff that they are capable of playing at the varsity level.

The situation is similar at Kansas University where Turner Gill begins his first season as head coach after leaving Buffalo. Their depth chart has not yet been established. Gill said this about the situation, which is excellent:

Kansas at Spring Practice

“We’re going to evaluate on what we see,” Gill said before Sunday’s practice. “We’re not just going to guess on what they might have done in the past, but (we want to see) what they’re able to do right now. We’re going to adjust to what our talent is.”

Gill and his entire coaching staff are using the spring to evaluate where the playes are “right now”. That statement is something echoed by the Kofa coaching staff as well.

Check back tomorrow…

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Spring Break LunchTime Link…

 

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This will be an everyday thing over Spring Break. Each day a different link (or links) will be posted from stories found from college spring practices around the country.

Charlie Strong is the new head coach at Louisville after working as Urban Meyer’s defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. He is strying to instill toughness in his team. This “Circle of Life” drill is something that Strong is using to get the team fired up. After reading the article, this is a drill that we will bring with us into the fall. Strong used this drill to raise the level of excitement on the practice field before the team headed into a controlled scrimmage. The important key is that there did not appear to be a loss of energy after the drill. The team took the attitude and excitement gained from the drill and transferred that into a “game situation”.

Again, the emphasis is on the weekly drills that are posted on Saturday and Sunday, go back through each week’s drills and find something to do to get better.

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Sunday’s Defensive Drills – Week 7

Day Two of Spring Break… Keep working to get better… One player said yesterday that he got 20 guys together to start working drills…. Make it an everyday thing… Look back through the last seven weeks of drills and work them all… This is when we work.

The Defensive Back drill focuses on the DBs backpedal. Watch how the athlete stays low in his backpedal and continues to stay low in his break. Overall, this is technically really good.

The Linebacker Drill is from the same coach that gave us the Defensive Line Drill last week. Again, it shows about six different drills that linebackers can perform to get better. Watch the older of the two athletes. He works hard in each drill and seems to be a very solid football player.

The Defensive Line Drill highlights the Pro-Day workout of Nader Abdallah. Most of these drills are things our skill guys already do, but this shows the importance of even our down lineman being great athletes.

Keep checking back this week, there will be numerous posts during Spring Break.

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Saturday’s Offensive Drills – Week 7

Spring Break is here, which means our student-athletes have a lot of free time for the next 10 days… Be sure to use some of that time to work to get better as football players to make Kofa Football a better football program. Again, just 10-15 minutes a each day on some of these drills will go a long way to making the improvements individually to make the improvements we need collectively.

The Quarterback Drill comes from last year’s No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford. As you listen to Stafford and his coach talk about what he does well and the abilities that he needs/wants to improve on, pay attention to Stafford’s footwork as he throws the football. He shows an example of the “front out” technique which we use in our Pre-Practice Throwing. At the :50 second mark he starts with his Three-Step Quick Drop and Five-Step Quick Drop. Near the end he throws on the run to his right.

The Running Back Drill comes from the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. The third drill is probably the best drill on the video. Pay attention to the way the back makes his cuts and accelerates to the next cone. Overall, this is just a great video. Work the drills and get better.

The Wide Receiver Drill focuses on stance and start. It explains the receiver’s stance against loose and press coverage at the line of scrimmage. The emphasis is getting the receiver off of the line of scrimmage hard and low, free of the defensive back.

The Offensive Line Drill emphasizes the importance of linemen getting their hands inside the defensive player. The coach on the video makes a great coaching point when he says that “the linemen who gets his hands inside and moves his feet wins”.

Check back on Sunday for Defensive Drills.

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Football in the Spring

College Football teams across the country are either in the middle of, or at the beginning of, their spring practice sessions. With the NFL Draft less than a month away, team executives, coaches, and draft prospects are working around the clock. The big thing stressed here is that, for these athletes, football is a “year-round” thing…

This “year-round” dedication is somthing that is constantly stressed within the Kofa Football program. Even when our student-athletes are competing in a winter or spring sport, they still need to remain “football players”.

Our three weeks, beginning May 3, are very important to the amount of success we want to achieve in the fall.

This article about Northwestern University’s Spring Football Practices that begin on Monday should really open your eyes and give you an idea of what one of the up-and-coming football programs in the country hopes to get out of their spring practices.

Pay close attention to the first 5 questions in particular. It is easy to see that Coach Fitzgerald and his staff truly value the spring not just for putting his student-athletes through drills but for building a “team”.

Enjoy Spring Break… Check for drills on the weekends and during the week check in to see updates.

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March Madness and some info…

Just one more day until Spring Break begins and we inch closer to the first day of Spring Practice on May 3. The NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks into gear again tonight with Sweet Sixteen action. One of the matchups tonight pits Cornell vs. Kentucky. This is probably one of the best cases of David (Cornell) vs. Kentucky (Goliath) this far into the NCAA Basketball Tournament in recent memory.

This is mentioned for a couple of reasons: 1) There is a connection in the way that this mirrors our first game next season, and 2) There is a connection in the way this mirrors two of our non-region games next season.

1) Cornell is an Ivy League school that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, while Kentucky is stacked with a roster of the best basketball players from around the nation. Think about the comparison… Kofa doesn’t offer any kind of scholarship/incentive for our student-athletes to attend this high school (does our first opponent in 2010?). Our first opponent in 2010 hand picks the majority of their roster by recruiting the best football players from Yuma’s Pop Warner program. (Not one player in our program was recruited by any members of the coaching staff to attend Kofa High School). Recognize the comparison?

2) Cornell is definitely the underdog (for the simple reason mentioned above), but also because of the size and basketball prowess of Kentucky. There are very few, if any, picking Cornell to beat the Wildcats. Kofa faces the same situation when we face teams from Phoenix. Phoenix schools draw more football players and have better resources and facilities than we do in Yuma.

This article explains why (and maybe how) the Cornell basketball team thinks they can win tonight… It is really a great read and hits on the teamwork and cohesiveness of a team that we need to build in our program.

Take note and root for the underdog tonight.

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What WE Believe In

The Senior Council worked hard to put together a CORE BELIEF system for 2010. These are 10 beliefs that the football program will live by and succeed by for the upcoming season.

Credos

Click on the image to expand the image in a new window. Following Spring Break this will be posted in the locker room, weight room and football office.

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Sunday’s Defensive Drills – Week 6

Alright, an apology for the tardyness, but what a day of college basketball. As was posted on Thursday, Michigan State came up big… Draymond Green was a leader on the floor in the absence of injured star Kalin Lucas. On to the Sweet 16…

So here we go, this week’s defensive drills.

The Defensive Line Drill has a couple of athletes working through various drills. It basically goes through all of the things that a defensive linemen would go through in a game situation, finally ending with the linemen getting into a good tackling progression.

The Linebacker Drill this week is a quick one, so don’t blink… It shows a linebacker working a Weave Drill. Watch it a couple of times and take note, then hit the grass and get to work.

The Defensive Back Drill comes from Seahawks’ corner Marcus Trufant. Trufant explains and shows how to use your body to jam against a wide receiver. The information he gives on stance and technique is also of great use to our defensive backs.

Can’t wait to see you all out on the field on Monday night.

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Saturday’s Offensive Drills – Week 6

The number of people at the meeting on Thursday was encouraging, now it’s about people doing the work to make themselves better football players.

The Quarterback Drill is a drill that is a part of our QBs Warmup Drill. It involves the rollout or sprintout. As we begin to put the pieces of our offense together it is going to be referred to as a sprintout. Just like the athlete in the video, perform the drill at a “walk-through” speed to get the idea of the footwork and then go perform the drill at “game” speed.

The Running Back Drill involves working the feet in a drill called the Cha-Cha step. Running backs, it is important that while you are doing these footwork or agility drills that you are also carrying a football at the same time. Get used to having the football in your hands.

The Wide Receiver Drill focuses on techniques for getting open and creating space between you and the defensive player. Gary Reasons is a former linebacker in the NFL, so he played against offensive players using their hands and arms to create separation throughout his entire career. At the end of the clip, he also stresses and briefly shows blocking techniques for this position.

The Offensive Line Drill teaches fundamentals of the reach and rip technique for the purpose of a lineman pulling on a sweep or on a counter. One of the things we are trying to focus on is improving our footwork and these are great drills and fundmentals that all of our linemen must possess.

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A couple of thoughts on leadership

Most know of Kofa Football’s affinity for all things Michigan State. This time of year is all about one thing, March Madness. (Alright two things, March Madness and Kofa Football). This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Michigan State’s national title in college basketball.

As the NCAA Tournament begins today much is being written about the 2000 National Title team and this year’s team (a team that was highly regarded at the beginning of the season, but as struggled down the stretch). Much of the writing is centered around the issue of leadership. Leadership was never a problem when Mateen Cleaves was playing for Michigan State from 1997-2000.

As the Spartans prepare for New Mexico State in the first round tomorrow night sophomore Draymond Green is being compared to Cleaves.

It is fascinating how the two are compared and how much coach Tom Izzo talks about the importance of leadership and what is expected and demanded from a leader.

Read both columns and grab the important message about what it takes to be a leader from each. Oh, and root for the Spartans tomorrow afternoon, 4:20 PST.

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