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Running Back Drills -- One-Cut

Running Back Drills -- One-Cut

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One-Cut Running Backs at Florida State by Bud Elliott (edited by Paul Keaney) A "1C" is a runner (he can be either powerful

or fast) who starts to run in one direction, and when he sees a hole open up in the defense he cuts back to that opening and runs in a straight line. This goes against the instincts of most players. Some RBs "juke," which means they fake side to side movements, and use agility to gain yards. Other players commit right away and dedicate themselves to a play or a direction. Neither of these is desirable in this system. 1Cs must have patience and vision. They must be able to run towards the direction of the play, have the vision to not commit until the see an opening, and have the discipline to make "one cut" towards the hole and to stick with it. They must also have the confidence to pick a hole based upon a read or upon a series of reads. Another key for a 1C is the ability to keep his legs moving during a tackle. Most RBs like to spin or juke (or use other methods), but a 1C usually faces tackles in confined spaces where other methods do not work because the second level is full of OLs and LBs. If a RB does not keep his legs moving, he will go down because his legs got tangled. The 1C does what does not come naturally to most RBs. In addition to the above, we require a runner with precision in his cuts and with patience, vision, and determination. The runner must be decisive and confident, both in himself and his system. He has to trust the system. Occasionally, there will be a huge hole opening up where the play is absolutely not designed to go. The player must be disciplined enough not to fall for the trap. Sometimes it might work, other times it might not, but cutting to a hole that is not based upon the runner's read is a recipe for bad habits and negative plays. Our running game is all about having no negatives, even at the expense of bigger plays. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that avoiding unfavorable leverage situations is more beneficial to an offense than turning a 5 yard run into a 10 yard run, for example. This type of deviation can cause the system to lose structural integrity. Our runners get one precise cut, and they must make the best of it. There is a minimum level of discipline we require in our runners. Some lesser runners have it and some supremely talented runners do not. There are both philosophical and schematic reasons for this, and they play off each other. We cannot have an indecisive runner, either when choosing the hole or when running in the hole. The determination of the running path must be made before the runner hits the hole. Some backs do very well cutting inside holes, but our system kills players who depend on moving laterally within the hole. There can be no decision making in the hole. We are not looking for a runner who wants to make everyone miss. That is a recipe for disaster in this system (and for

This is not about finding all the best pieces. Some highly recruited runners do not fit Florida State's system. It is about finding the best pieces to fit what Florida State does. tolerated. If the runner is small. studying the system. Speed is not overly important in this system. he needs to be fast. he may be asked to plant and explode to a hole that will not open for another step or two. This is not a loaf scheme. In either case. If he is a power runner. We need him to see things based off the system. Ideally. The runner needs to be able to understand what is being asked of him. but it does. We want him to burst through the hole just as it opens up. You may think this does not mesh with the patience requirement. and that is okay. he can do just that. making a decisive cut helps the player to gain momentum and build speed. Our runners must reach their top speed quickly. at least in the formative stages of the play. he is not able to build his momentum/ speed over a long stretch. Obviously. For instance. In both situations. Improvisation. is not Coachability is a major factor as well. or running through them. he can be slower. the runner needs to be able to clear the arm tackles in the hole without dancing. and by judging his point of attack double team block. we want the runner to spend the minimum amount of time in the backfield as possible. It is important to remember that because the runner initially runs parallel to the line of scrimmage as he reads his blocks and determines the hole. . without running outside the constraints of the play. be that by running by them quickly.fumbling). We want the runner hitting the hole as soon as possible. Do not confuse this with guessing. not just through sight. but not too early. we want him bursting through it right as it opens up. but momentum quickness matters. the runner's legs cannot stop at contact. and having good patience and a decisive cut.

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