(Left/middle/right), they will tell us wherethe ball is located.
C. Set up Back Blocks:
This will give astrong indication as to the type of returndeveloping.
D. Front Line Blocks Set-Up:
Thedirection indicated by the first wave (line) ofblocks. At times, this can be inaccurate,due to a misleading path or technique ofthe blocker. Study them on tape. Know theopponent.
Proper adjustment will take us tothe correct side of the field in which to stopa return. As we adjust, it is critical that webegin to manipulate the block in front of us.Keep our eyes on a swivel so we can reactto all circumstances.
Beat The Blocker:
As the cover teamcloses the distance as fast as they canbetween themselves and the first wave ofblocks or first blockers (or a blockerapproaches him), they must begin to“manipulate” them. Manipulate the blockerby swerving or weaving using head fakes inthe run, cause the blocker to stop his feet,adjust his course, crossover or create animbalance in his base as he attempts toblock the cover persons. On the approach,using these techniques, slightly widen thebase. This will allow us to go to either sideof him. Contact is necessary.
A. Run past Him:
Avoid, get him off bal-ance by waving, swerving, head fakes, etc.Begin these seven to eight yards from theblocker. If he appears off balance, run rightpast him without any moves.
B. Employ a Shoulder Dip:
Avoid con-tact if possible. Freeze him with a weaveand utilize an arm to the side of the block-er.Try to go around to the side of the kick.Dip and rip as you accelerate by him. If hemakes contact, keep the feet moving. Donot try to shoulder rip if he has latched on.
C. Hand Shiver:
If a blocker makescontact, attack him and get the hands onthe inside of his hands in the number area.Then grab and shrug him aside. Use an“arm over” or “rip by,” drive him back in tothe return and react to the ball. Come toBalance and play off him. He will be off bal-ance when he attacked.
D. Shoulder Drive:
This technique isused against the wedge or double team.Drive your shoulder through the designatedman and force the ball by driving the block-er back. Eliminate forward progress. Useup two blocks.
E. Change up:
Start to come to balanceand then explode by him, stutter step asfast as possible.
F. If You Get Blocked:
You must notstay blocked!
Close is the movement after wehave beaten the blockers. Take the mostdirect course to the ball. We must make thetackle (or force the direction of the ball).Your distance from the ball will determinethis action. Never get past the ball or deep-er than the ball.
The technique utilized in coverage willbe determined by the assignment for thatparticular coverage called. We must havean understanding of the following terms asthey apply to each position and what theresponsibility is, especially if we move therovers around (No. 9 and No. 10). The fol-lowing is an explanation of the key points ofcoverage as we tell members of the PennState coverage team:
As you “sprint” downfield, make your adjustments. Once this isestablished, maintain designated shoulderleverage on the ball carrier (Diagram 4).Attack the blocker if he tries to block youbased on your distance from the ball carri-er.Anything too far away, beat him withspeed, moves, then get back in your lane.
Keep your heap up
Proper shoulder on the ball.
If you are getting blocked, “squeeze”back into your lane. Do not create a seam.Use your hands.
If you get knocked out of your shoul-der leverage, recover and regain it. Secondeffort offsets everything else.
Come to Balance (CTB). Get undercontrol, find the ball and fight off the blockto the ball maintaining proper leverage.
You have to have an aggressive men-tality and be responsible.
They will be our designated“hit” man. They are expected to make theplay or force it as quickly as possible(Diagram 5). As you sprint down field,make your adjustment. You will usually runinto an immediate encounter.
As soon as the ball is kicked, sneak apeek at the tackle to your side for an “indi-cation” of the type of return. Do not slowdown!
Beat the first line of blockers (speed).
. “Avoid” them if you get blockedimmediately.
Keep your head up, eyes on a swivel.
If you are getting blocked, “squeeze”by leaning into the blocker. Don’t careless-ly create a lane. Use your hands to drivethe opponent back.
Go make the play!
By game plan or poor kick, you couldbecome a shoulder man.
You must become very efficient atadjustment technique. Ball men have thishappen all the time.
(No. 1 or No. 8) You havean extremely important job. On base kicks,No. 8 is the contain man (Diagram 6).
Keep the ball on your inside shoulder.
Never be deeper than the ball.
Do not open up a running lane. Bephysical and squeeze, but be ready for across-field return. Turn everything inside.Use your hands. Stay square.
If you are on the backside of a direc-tional kick, still squeeze but be ready for across-field return. Turn everything inside.Use your hands. Stay square.
(kicker and possibly others)
Kick ball high and deep.
Follow behind the wave of defend-ers to the ball. If the return is inside thenumbers, mirror the ball. If the return isoutside the numbers, you become thesafety to that side. If the returner breaksout, buy time by forcing him back to your
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