As we are building our roster we have discussed the quarterback and the speed edge or push the pocket down lineman.  Now we turn our focus to a skilled player that can also contribute on a variety of special teams.  These young men should prove to be the best athletes in the program.  Here are the skill sets we define for;

                                                                                                   DEFENSIVE BACKS

KEY AND DIAGNOSE              Recognition and reaction to run/pass, instincts, anticipation, think on the move, make quick adjustments, reaction to play off blocks and tackle, production, react to play action pass

RUN SUPPORT                            Key and diagnose, willingness to force, contain, tough, aggressive, hitter, strength, play off blocks and close to the carrier, production, attack

WARD OFF/SHED                      Physical take on, use of hands, stays on feet, play off blocker in open field and make the tackle

TACKLING                                      Type: hard or grab and drag down, wrap up arms, aggressive, tough and physical, desire for contact, doesn’t shy away, can breakdown to tackle in the open field, number of tackles, brings arms 6 inch punch

JAM RECEIVER                           Nose to nose, stance, balance, strength, physical striker, doesn’t lunge or over extend, recovery skills, bump technique

MAN TO MAN COVERAGE     Back pedal, base, quick feet, ability to stay in pedal as long as possible (to route break points, transition out of pedal to all route angles, stop and go quickness, plant and drive, burst to close on the ball, no false steps, (slips), loose hipped for smooth turn with acceleration and catch up speed, position to receiver, timing, leaping ability, battle for the ball, strip, banjo (switch inside/outside), trail, angles, tough-minded, accepts the challenge

MOVEMENT/TURN                     Body control, loose hips, transition, smooth and fluid, little to no wasted motion

FOOT QUICKNESS                       Ability to move feet in rapid succession, lateral movement, back pedal, change of direction (COD)

ACCELERATION                            Burst, 2nd gear, amount of time it takes to be at top-level, ability once your moving to get to a higher rate of speed

ZONE COVERAGE                         Awareness, anticipation, reactions, vision, range, ball reactions and close, depth

BALL REACTIONS                         What defender does after he gets close to the receiver, in flight, body position, knockdown, strip, interception, interference, ability to adjust, ball skills, play the ball down the field

CLOSING QUICKNESS                Diminishing the distance to the receiver after he makes his final move, direct line to point of ball, no false steps, plant and drive, recovery burst and speed, deep catch up on long ball, speed turn and close

RANGE                                                 Distance covered after the ball is in the air, speed, anticipation, pursuit, effort hustle, always around the ball, urgency, angles, catch up speed

HANDS                                                  Type: soft or stiff, hands vs. body catcher, extends for the ball, adjusts for difficult interception, does he knockdown catchable balls, frames the throw

CONFIDENCE                                    Attitude, smart, daring, accepts a challenge, never be defeated demeanor, ability to bounce back after being beaten, positive cockiness/swagger

                                                                                            CRITICAL FACTORS

Corners

SPEED                                                 40 time, burst, acceleration, catch up speed, close

EXPLOSION                                        Force generated when delivering a blow, pop and strength, minimizing time-lapse between initial movement and contact, quick movement out of transition to break on the ball, suddenness in body

QUICKNESS                                         Ability to move feet and body with a short burst and suddenness to perform techniques required of the corner position, ability to change direction sharply, knee bender/hip sinker

TOUGHNESS                                       Degree of mental and physical will to succeed – aggressive, competitive spirit, willingness to initiate contact, perform at a high level of competency regardless of situations or opponents intensity

MAN TO MAN COVERAGE            Ability to mirror the route runner on or off the line of scrimmage, hips, feet, COD

Safeties

KEY AND DIAGNOSE                       Football intelligence, ability to acquire and retain knowledge, ability to adjust and think on the move, instincts, reactions

SPEED                                                      40 time, burst, acceleration, catch-up speed, range

EXPLOSION                                           Force generated when delivering a blow, pop and strength, minimizing time lapse between initial movement and contact, quick movement out of transition to break on the ball, suddenness to strike

TOUGHNESS                                          Degree of mental and physical will to succeed, aggressive, competitive spirit, willingness to initiate contact, perform at a high level of competency regardless of situations or opponents intensity

QUICKNESS                                            Ability to move feet and torso rapidly, COD, knee bend/hip sinker, turn hips and run

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