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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
What I'm getting a t is, regardless of what plays you run, the best thing w e do a t Kentucky is practice. W e do a great job practicing specifically what w e are going t o run. We t r y t o design our practices so they Effort is a crucial tl-ling. Anybody on your team call are centered around the skills and techniques w e are give you great effort. The worst player you have can going t o use in games. give great effort. If a guy is not giving great effort you don't have his attention. There are a lot of different We practice for 1hour and 45 minutes on our heavy ways t o ski11a cat. This is h o w I handle -that. I get on work days. W e don't stretch. We warm up slowly doing that guy and get on him hard. He is cheating you, tlie football-specific drills. W e have three real core team, and himself by not giving great effort. If a guy is fu~idaniental drills. I think they are good drills and have having trouble executing but is giving you great effort, been good t o us a t several different levels. Tlie drills he is going at i t the wrong way. That is the coach's job. don't teach just one thing. They teach a lot of things. I need t o communicate and teach him. He is going as W e run all three of them in succession every day as fast as he can, but is ~ i odoing i t -the right way. t w e practice. A t Kentucky w e stress the fundamentals. You have t o be real specific and do the same things What is the best play w e ran a t Kentucky? The every day. When w e see a guy drop a ball, i.1: is because best plays w e have a t Kentucky have been packaged of something he is not getting done in the drill. by someone else. W e have copied and stolen ideas from other successful programs. BYU has been an The first drill w e s t a r t out w i t h every day. I t essential influence t o what we do. We do an awful doesn't matter what kind of practice i t is. It doesn't l o t of w h a t the 49ers are doing and have done. In matter if w e have pads on or just shorts and helmets. football great ideas are n o t hard t o find. I think Even on walk through days w e do this drill. Chris packaging is more important then great ideas. The Hatcher played a t Valdosta State for three years. He wishbone is a great offense, but i t is not the offense won the Harlan Hill Award, which is like the Heisman w e run a t the Llniversity of Kentucky. It wouldn't fit or Trophy in Division II. He does a great job of coaching systeni or our offense. As a result, w e don't run the our quarterbacks at Kentucky. The drill is called "settle wishbone. Not because i t was not a great idea, but up." W e run the drill a t one-quarter speed. We count because it doesn't f i t into our package. our runl-ling backs as wide receivers in this drill. We have our starting center snapping the ball t o the I think most packages tend t o be too big rather starting quarterback. W e have t w o dummies down-
Thank you. It is a pleasure t o be here. Football is a team concept game. Any success w e had at the University of Kentucky came as a result of the entire team. The most important thing you do in coaching is t o teach your athletes. You communicate something t o your players t h a t you w a n t t h e m t o execute and d o effectively. Everyone has a different wave length they are on. The way you convey things t o them is crucial. Some players may need confidence. In a lot of cases confidence is more important than getting their attention. A t our level w e have their attention, the only thing w e have t o do is give them confidence that they can do .the job and be successf~.ll.
than too little. The plays that you run need t o be the type of plays that the dumbest player on the offense can execute them. Of course, if you are running the ball t o the l e f t and your backside wide receiver doesn't understand the play, you can survive that play. Ideally, the complexity has t o be such that everybody on your offense can understand it. It is better t o have too little that everyone understands, than t o have too much if you have sollie players who don't understand.
Any time you do anything athletic. We want a slight bend in the knees and a relatively narrow stance. l o w and stay low. the ball can hit the hands and bounce forward. catches the ball.tightens the entire body. as compared t o some teams. During this drill w e are working on the center Once he catches the ball. tucking i t under the arm. As the receiver plants t o a run pattern. he tucks i t in. On his third step. When w e do the three-step drop. Even We also back out from the center. There will be times during the course line. his elbow will hinge t o a degree. straight. We are looking for several things in the stance. . W e tell the receivers t o start do w i t h the ball. But in practice w e are quarterbacks who don't drop back straight. the drop. That when he backs out from center. We want to catch the ball in our hands. He can see the right side of the field because he is dropping t o the right side. We want the receiver t o form what w e call a "noose" w i t h the fingers. and turns straight up field. The last thing w e look for are false steps. The ball is ready t o be thrown a t any point.is armpits. As the receiver comes down the field and settles. The reason for that is t o take a big first step. We want the quarterback high in his stance. We want the little fingers or thumbs together. He brings the ball t o his ear. He steps back w i t h his l e f t foot. the receiver can't see the ball if i t jams him. We are a passing team and w e want . We do this drill w i t h softens the hands in spite of the fact he is doing a lot the ball on a line. you need t o be relaxed. he settles closer t o one dummy than the other. If the receiver has trouble stabilizing. He turns and goes straight upfield.-field which represent cover people.1ning the throw. He tucks exchange. We want pressure on the center's b u t t so the center has a target for the ball. That means bring the fingers of the hands together. We emphasize catching the ball in the hands. The first thing w e work on is defender is wondering what the receiver is going t o the receiver's stance. pinched in. gather and throw on the third step. That . The quarterback's fingers are barely under the center. If the arms are too s-traight. We want them t o be relaxed. We want the feet under I. his back foot is slightly t o the outside. and fine t1.the ball t o come t o the hands so w e can get out from under the center quickly. The receiver has The receivers are being coached by the receiver made an immediate decision on where he is going. w e take a big firststep. We are not a big juke team. We want them t o g o immediately forward. He goes quarter-speed and works for the perfect move. if the elbows are the opposite foot. As the quarterback takes his first step he wants t o cover as much ground as possible. We want t o see the ball I-~itour hands. What I don't like is the statue look. backs lie has lost the advantage of the immediate decision. -the receiver has no chance of catching the ball. The elbows are pinched in t o let the elbows hinge and soften the hands. We don't want the receiver's arm straight or bent too far. gives you an advantage on a defender. I want the hands relaxed. he needs t o turr~his front foot in slightly." We want t o get the thumb down the ball t o the side that he receives it. working for perfection. If that happens. The first fundamental thing that w e emphasize is the quarterback stance. and still see downfield. You w o u l d b e surprised a t the number o f of thegame where he catchesthe ball against his body or bats i t around and catches it. That and throw it where w e want it. The dl~mmiesare representing coverage like a linebacker. cross over on the second. We start w i t h i f the guy tightens up his chest. His toes are turned in just slightly w i t h the weight on the balls of the feet. The back is relatively straight and the eyes never leave downfield. and going straight upfield. The coach during this period. If the arms are too bent. If the receiver turns and starts tojuke. The receiver settles up between the t w o dummies. The quarterback drops down -that of -thingswrong. I don't care if they carry them high. We call i t "throwing darts. The back foot being slightly outside a l l o w s his shoulders t o be slightly open so he can see the back side also. Don't let the receiver lift the front foot and take a double step. w e want 90 percent of the weight on the front foot.
the receiver turns t o that side. The quarterback pats the ball and throws t o the receiver. The receiver wants t o give the illusion he is going inside by speeding up . There is never any gray area on that. The quarterback puts the ball in a catchable situation as far away froni the defender as he can. We want t o preserve as much ground as w e can. The receiver wants t o lean in on the defender untll he sees the ball released. More often than not. We call it "routes on air. Then he gives up a little ground. The receiver can see the release and knows where the ball is going t o come down. Wherever the quarterback throws the ball. I'm not telling you w e throw all the balls into the barrel. We have five quarterbacks line up in this drill. The second drill w e do is called "pat-n-go. The receiver gives the defender t w o steps t o the inside. Of course. All five of the quarterbacks are lined up in the middle of tlie d r ~ l taking an imaginary snap. Physically if the receiver is nice and l o w he can shove the defender inside. hoping the defender will jump inside. because t h a t is t h e side closest t o t h e coverage. the receiver call gear down and make the defender play through him t o get t o the ball. The receivers can always adjust." This drill teaches a lot of techniques that w e do. As . The quarterback takes a one-step drop and pats the ball. He doesn't throw toward the 9 in the number 19. and goes straight up field. The defender will loosen a bit because he thinks it might be a post. our receivers are at the top of the numbers. catches the ball and goes upfield. The barrels are about 25 yards down the field. We never want t o get pushed outside the numbers. If the receiver sees a lean in by the defender. the quarterback has a big area t o throw the ball into. The receiver works his feet and hands at a rapid rate. our coaches would stand in for them. They are barely outside -the hash marks." This drill is designed t o get a release on a bump-and-run technique. After that w e get into our full-speed drills." We place barrels a t certain places on the field and let the quarterbacks t r y t o throw the ball into them. We align l the receivers in closer.the receiver. If w e preserve ground and hold a t least the bottom of the numbers. N o w the receiver has a lot of room t o adjust t o the ball. In this case he throws toward the 1 on the jersey. that is a good throw. By alignment. t h a t is the side the receiver wants t o turn to. The ball is not a short ball.the feet and hands. He can't be blatant about it but he can move him. This next drill is the best drill w e run. there has t o be a perfect throw t o get the ball in there. Most of the time in this type of coverage the defender is looking a t . He works his hands and feet slightly inside. This is particularly good t o teach zone reads. -the quarterback throws the ball away from coverage. The quarterback takes his drop and tries t o make baskets in the barrels. They represent the underneath five short zone players and the t w o deep hash defenders. We want the ball thrown over tlie receiver's outside shoulder. We set up seven stand-up dummies. The receivers are looking a t the quarterback.N o w everything is back t o even. The quarterback call see things the receiver sometimes can't." In this d r ~ lw e start out approximately half speed. If w e get up against the sideline. t o go against the defense you face. he bursts outside. gets his numbers toward the line of scrimmage after he has taken about three steps. But if the ball is close.t is put air under the ball. We take our quarterbacks and run the "barrel drill. Ideally. plus the pursuit is coming. If w e don't have all five quarterbacks. The receiver arc-releases. The receiver comes o f f s l o w like in a hot route situation. depending on what the JV team was doing. The only way t o do tha. The receivers are l . He is trying t o get the defensive back t o react t o the speed. The receiver may think he has coverage one way when actually the closest coverage is the other side. That doesn't happen very often. that is pass interference. You can set the dummies up anywhere. Inside the numbers belongs t o the defender and outside the numbers belongs t o the receiver. It is a ball w i t h air under it. If the ball is underthrown. Last year w e had between three and four. This one is called "foot fire. The quarterback hits the 1. w e don't want the ball thrown short or inside.the receiver -turnsin between the dummies. turning straight upfield will enhance the yards after the catch.
They are defensive back and back on the line. and good catching techl-~iques. Tlie receiver wants t o settle in the biggest seam he can find. so they don't have The first thing the receiver is going t o do is "foot the same read each time. When w e run turned around. The guy on by defensive linemen t o get past offensive blockers. The has t o do is attack half of the defensive back's body. all five receivers get a The other thing I w a n t t o talk about are our ball thrown t o them. One of the most irr~portant things that a receiver The reads are determined by the pattern being run. coach can't really tell if the quarterback's eyes covered the five readslike he was supposed to. linemen. and the fact that the quarterback reads the by him immediately. The ball was our goal line offense or red-zone offense. I t forces the quarterback t o throw each defensive back up and a t the very minimum get his route of each play in the course of this drill. Therefore. The defensive linemen and corners are like offensive quarterback lives in a crowded world a lot of the times. I want t o loosen the entire play. The corner is trying t o The quarterback has t o get used t o bodies being protect a cushion between the t w o of us. The only way a lunge works is if play in progression. We fire. In this drill. The receiver is trying quarterback. this is the best drill w e run. We like t o practice releases on a line. W e can get through each drop back passing play that releases. I only attack half balls were delivered. We want the receiver t o catch the ball. If I'm trying t o g e t outside. If the balls are being released out of his body. receiver has actually g o t t e n over t h e t o p o f a The quarterbacks line up five in a row. For the number of reps. He is tryirlg around him. w e go to the thrown t o someone else. The receivers work on their techniques of stance. and didn't get the ball." We take our number one working against Lester Hayes. He is going don't want that. We want the quarterback to learn the t o wreck the receiver's route. He lhas t o weight distributed on his inside foot. the receiver should go throws. That diminished my zeal t o goal line t o run them. but he can tell The defensive backs are probably stronger and faster the first through fifth reads by the order in which the than the wide receivers. We do the drill from the 40-yard line going in. turn straight upfield. COALUYE p p p p p After w e run our "routes on air.lined up in a formation getting ready t o run a play. He throws the first read. W e start out with the guy on the right t o break the cushion and get past the defensive back. catches. which are used next quarterback . run a great route. W e want them t o catch the ball. I only attackthe ~nurnberof the defensive back. of order. The "foot fire" on read the play in progression at least five times for each creates i ~ i d e c i s i o ~ i the defenders part. I ran a great route. The The receiver is using rips and swims." w e do the same When I did drill work like this I would imagine I was thing versus "one-on-one. W e are working on the reads of t h e t o protect a space behind him." The defensive back is all wound up. If t h e play that w e run. tuck it away. defensive backs and go against them. going through his reads. route running. the defenders get all of the receiver and put him on . you know they are not going through their outs~de reads. You can tell when a w e run five times in a 15-minute period. and score. We rotate our quarterbacks. We see a lot of man coverage in the SEC. but that is the way I want it. You find quarterbacks who will get comfortable with a certain wide receiver.throws the second read.The coaches are going t o stress running great routes. That is kind of true. Receivers are like kind of crowded. defender lunges at the receiver. the other end has the five read and throws his ball last.
Come t o find out his weight wasn't low. the receiver is going t o win. It exposes too much body. When the receiver's foot gets through. I on the arms. but it will hurt the watched a lot of film and found the same guy slipping defender. If you come down numbers over their feet is t o have a w e t day outside. a t some point in his I like big receivers over small receivers. as the hand comes through. I have t o cross his w h o l e body. I don't believe slipping is entirely an tall. If the receiver can stay relatively low. If the body position is right. If the receiver has superior position. I can turn . w e can't turn the shoulders as well. unless the receiver is over his feet. But if you have important t o have his numbers on his jersey over his t o go t o the ends of the wrist." Instead of coming over the guy's slip. particularly the defensive backs. When a receiver runs a route. t h e receiver can lean on the defender. I like the rip because it keeps the receiver down all the time. Whether it is in the course of a route or the release. he is open. it is six points. The receiver's jersey come up and go back. "If I foul this thing up. each receiver has t o use what he does best.the elbow. the defensive advantage of a big receiver is his arms are generally back reads that as a break. liis ~iurr~bers back and I-~is forward. In the back of the defensive back's mind is. he has a two-way go. He has more leverage because of those arms. As long as he can have separation he has time t o react t o what the receiver is going t o do. always knock the defender's hands off. If the receiver gets over the top of the defender." The first thing defensive backs want is t o g e t their hands on the receiver. but it doesn't matter. The defender has panicked and is going t o go t o the last place he saw him. He closes on the receiver longer than the defensive back. There is no weight over his feet and he slips. he should move in the direction where he last saw the defender.the defender t o weight over t h e feet. and a t the rnir~iniurnbe open for al-I instant. If you slow the projector down and watch a called the "short swim. There are ~ig various things that are going t o happen before the receiver gets t o the point he is going t o break his route. When w e are doing the rip move. He is receiver does that first lie will be a step ahead of the n o t just a l i t t l e stronger than the receiver. They lunged a t us. If I am on the other side of the defender. W h e n the numbers on the work on. it doesn't matter if the defender is faster. it won't hurt you much. The receiver never wants the defensive back's hands on him. I mean when the receiver sticks or breaks a route. We do the same thing. he is defender. If receiver has t o be great w i t h his feet and great at the receiver can stay low. If the receiver is big. That also causes the defender's shoulder t o turn. There is very little surface t o hold him up. We use the foot fire. break the route. If the A t times the defender will be really strong. If the receiver beats the defender a t the line and gets behind him. his shoulder just for the simple reason I have longer arms. The route may break at 10 or 15 yards. the foot must come through also. not up.his back. and pins his hip. The swim I like t o do is accident. sufficiently stronger. which allows us t o get by and into a move. A small route he will have an encounter w i t h the defender. A tall receiver is a bigger target and is hard t o hold on the line of scrimmage. As the receiver goes upfield he needs t o be on the side of the defender that the route is going t o break to. He is a little target for . However. But when w e go t o knock his hands off. are feet shoulder. Let's talk a little about r u r ~ ~ i iroutes. I think i t is very w e have t o g o t o the ends of his wrists. defensive back. t h a t helps t o keep the getting skinny. instead of . What w e try t o do is break the elbow w i t h a rip. Alabama did that t o our receivers. That is the receiver's ace in -the hole. feet. Always come The best way t o figure out if your players have their down on a defender's hands. We never show our numbers t o the he can do anything he wants with the defensive back. the receiver swims over the arms. Defensive players are wound tighter than offensive football players. The receiver doesn't want him t o have any time t o react. I don't like the swim move. He can't get his hands on me like I can him. Yo11 know where the route breaks and the defender doesn't.
If the receiver gets over the top of the defender. That is the receiver's ace in tlie hole. I call turn . If the receiver beats the defender a t the line and gets behind him. he has a t w o . Defensive players are wound tighter than offensive football players. The defender has panicked and is going t o go t o tlie last place he s a w him. The route may break a t 10 or 15 yards. as the hand comes tl-rough. In tlie back of tlie defensive back's mind is. If receiver has t o be great w i t h liis feet and great a t the receiver can stay low. If I am on the other side of the defender. the receiver swims over the arms. his shoulder just for the simple reason I have longer arms. When w e are doing the rip move. W h e n t l i e numbers on the work on." Instead of coming over the shoulder. If the receiver does that first he will be a step ahead of the defender. There is very little surface t o hold him up. t h e receiver can lean on tlie defender. but i t doesn't matter. instead of the elbow. If t h e body position is right.w a y go.his back. He closes on the receiver longer than the defensive back. break . which allows us t o get by and into a move." The first thing defensive backs want is t o get their hands on the receiver. There is no weight over his feet and he slips. w e can't turn the shoulders as well. unless the receiver is tall. I mean when the receiver sl:icks or breaks a route. I like the rip because i t keeps the receiver low. He is a little target for the defender t o weight over t h e feet. Whether i t is in the course of a route or the release. The receiver's jersey come up and go back. but i t will hurt the defender. If the receiver is big. They lunged a t us. he should move in the direction where he last s a w -the defender. He can't get his hands on me like I can him. i t won't hurt you much. tlie foot must come through also. the defensive advantage o f a big receiver is his arms are generally back reads that as a break. not up. he is open. He is n o t just a l i t t l e stronger than the receiver. I have t o cross his w h o l e body. What w e t r y t o do is break the elbow w i t h a rip. I don't like the swim move. always knock thedefender's hands off. But when w e go t o knock his hands off. I t exposes too much body. I don't believe slipping is entirely an accident. The swim I like t o do is called the "short swim. a t some point in his I like big receivers over small receivers. You know where the route breaks and the defender doesn't. He has more leverage because of those arms. Come t o find out his weight wasn't over his feet. 'That also causes the defender's shoulder t o turn. A t times the defender will be really strong. If you slow the projector down and watch a guy's slip. defensive back. As long as he can have separation he has time t o react t o w h a t the receiver is goiqg t o do. When the receiver's foot gets through. I think i t is very important t o have his numbers on his jersey over his feet. his numbers are back and his feet forward. 'The receiver doesn't want him t o have any time t o react. But if you have t o go t o the ends of the wrist. Always come down on a defender's hands. i t is six points. the receiver is going t o win. i t doesn't matter if the defender is faster. We use the foot fire. w e have t o go t o the elids of his wrists. Alabama did t h a t t o our receivers. Let's talk a little about running routes. The receiver never wants the defensive back's hands on him. If the receiver has superior position. A small route he will have an encounter w i t h the defender. We never show our numbers t o the lie can do anything he wants w i t h the defensive back. each receiver has t o use w h a t lie does best. The best way t o figure out if your players liave their numbers over their feet is t o have a w e t day outside. W e do the same thing. "If I foul this thing up. and at the minimum be open for an instant. t h a t helps t o keep the getting skinny. particularly the defensive backs. However. I watched a lot of film and found the same guy slipping down all the time. If you come down on the arms. and pins his hip. As the receiver goes upfield he needs t o be on the side of the defender that the route is going t o break to. A tall receiver is a bigger target and is hard t o hold on the line of scrimmage. There are various things t h a t are going t o happen before the receiver gets t o the point he isgoing t o break his route. If the receiver can stay relatively low. he is sufficiently stronger. When a receiver runs a route.the route.
he gets an We do t w o drills at post-practice. If w e you. you w ~ l be surprised w h a t w i l l happen. If the a t the highest point.t h e other side. see the receiver. The Another thing that is kind of in the experimental drill I like is called the "last fivesteps of a route. If he does that the speed can't get there t o cover. They air and they run for 15 yards wi-th their arms stretched don't like t o have their space invaded.the steps t o the side that you touch. looks back t o the his route t o the outside. but if his hands are or1 him." Occasionally. like the trick you played on your buddies in school. You reach around and pat him on the shoulder away from I appreciate the opportunity t o talk t o you. He has t o turn About half way through the quarterback's drop. That means defensive backs kind o f see w i t h their hands. receiver in half and work w i t h the jugs machine. He is like a pizza delivery guy. W h e n t h e defensive back is n o t touching the receiver and his back is turned is the most vulnerable position. I t will happen receiver's hands. it makes the defensive back hesitate. If a and the defender. If t h e receiver touches t h e defensive back on -the o f f shoulder and breaks the other way.the ball without making a sound. The receiver is down the field about 10 yards. . and brakes the defensive back's cusl-lion. I think i t distributes the weight of the receiver receiver is creating more separation between himself and allows him t o come out of his cut really fast. The W e stress coming back for the ball and catching it receiver wants t o get t o the out as quick as he can. he knows where he is. He can run 40 outside. and reac1:ion catching. It is posts without expending any serious energy. by alignment w e are outside the defender. quarterback. receiver sticks his route. The receiver has . The quarterback takes his beats the defensive back. The sharply. defensive back beat on the out by alignment." That stages is h o w t o break the route once the receiver drill IS exactly what i t says.the defensive back will have his back t o the receiver. You are losing ground on the route receiver sticks a route i t allows him t o cut really but you are gaining ground on the defender. give When the receiver gets ready t o make his break w e want him t o accelerate the hands. There will be a out. They see the ball in the Defensive backs are kind of paranoid people. If the receiver wants t o break receiver sticks his route. W e work on hands down has t o be a constant thing. he leans on him and breaks. 'The reason is catching . If you knock his hands off. touch him on Kentl~cky us a call. the t o run w i t h . The receiver goes ver-tical drop. He looks that way. When they do that i t breaks the when the receiver breaks his cushion. W e have a couple of receivers right n o w who run w i t h their arms outstretched. He can't develop soft hands. We work on hand placement. He is not low any more in a full-out t o get the defensive back's hand off him. That give's the defensive back the impression t h a t the receiver is going faster then he is. Thank you.the receiver. The receiver has receiver's stride. Knocking the sprint. l Most of the time the defensive back takes a couple of I'm big on "stick routes. and catches the post. There will be a time in the route where . W e split the uncomfortable feeling. instead of gearing down. All he has run is 5 The lean tells the defensive back the receiver is going steps and he has gotten a catching rep. Instead of leaning into the can ever do anything for ~ U I Ja t the University o f defensive back and breaking that way. All that is doing is telling the defender that the time in a receiver's route where the defensive back ball is conling and probably is in the vicinity of the tries t o get his hands on the receiver.
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