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Southwest Minnesota State “Cram” Principle By Jeremy Darveau, Offensive Coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University (MN)

Southwest Minnesota State University was among the top 20 rushing programs in Division II football this season and ran the inside zone on one out of every two rushing downs. But it’s how the Mustangs ran the zone scheme that was different, teaching its backs a “Cram” principle which gives a quicker back side cutback post-snap. Both the offensive line coach and running backs coach detail the scheme below.

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Eastern Washington’s Squat and Kathy Cover Two Techniques By Cherokee Valeria, Cornerbacks Coach, Eastern Washington University

At FCS Perennial powerhouse Eastern Washington University, Cornerbacks coach Cherokee Valeria ties his players footwork to their eyes and uses two methods to do so- Squat and Cathy. Valeria details both of his Cover Two techniques- including the drills he uses to teach them- against various releases they will see during the course of the season.

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Establishing a Full-Field Zone Run Concept By Gerald Hazzard - @CoachHazzlec, Offensive Coordinator, Lake Erie University

Lake Erie University finished the 2013 season as the second best offense in Division 2- averaging 551 yards per game- and it did so by meshing the inside and outside zone to create a full-field zone concept. In doing so, the Storm averaged 7.8 yards per carry in the zone scheme and converted on 71.2 percent of third downs. Offensive Coordinator Gerald Hazzard details his full field zone concept in this clinic report.

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Using Defensive Leverage and Numbers to Dictate Play Calls By Scotty Walden, Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks Coach, East Texas Baptist University

So much of offensive football now is manipulating defenses using pre and post-snap leverage. East Texas Baptist University played a total of five QB’s this past season and still averaged 455 yards per game offensively. Offensive Coordinator Scotty Walden details how he makes it easy on his QB’s to marry plays and dictate calls based on leverage and numbers.

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Clinic Reports

Southwest Minnesota State “Cram” Principle

By Jeremy Darveau, Offensive Coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University (MN) Southwest Minnesota State University was among the top 20 rushing programs in Division II football this season and ran the inside zone on one out of every two rushing downs. But it’s how the Mustangs ran the zone scheme that was different, teaching its backs a “Cram” principle which.....

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Establishing a Full-Field Zone Run Concept

By Gerald Hazzard - @CoachHazzlec, Offensive Coordinator, Lake Erie University Lake Erie University finished the 2013 season as the second best offense in Division 2- averaging 551 yards per game- and it did so by meshing the inside and outside zone to create a full-field zone concept. In doing so, the Storm averaged 7.8 yards per carry in the zone scheme and converted.....

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Using Defensive Leverage and Numbers to Dictate Play Calls

By Scotty Walden, Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks Coach, East Texas Baptist University So much of offensive football now is manipulating defenses using pre and post-snap leverage. East Texas Baptist University played a total of five QB’s this past season and still averaged 455 yards per game offensively. Offensive Coordinator Scotty Walden details how he makes it.....

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"Twin" and "Duo" Run Concepts

By Bob Wylie, NFL Alumni Offensive Line Coach, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) Long time NFL coaching veteran and Winnipeg Blue Bomber (CFL) offensive line coach Bob Wylie details two of the more prominent two-back run concepts that have been a successful complement to gap run schemes in his tenure. This includes video from the COOL Clinic, which will be held this year on.....

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Route Variants in the Boot and Naked Pass Game

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Discover the most common and most successful naked concepts that are being used across the country from the FBS to high school powers.    

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Varying Supports in Zone Pressures

By Wagner College Defensive Staff See how Wagner used Zone Pressures to finsih first in the Northeast Conference in scoring defense yielding only 17.4 points per game and total defense surrendering just over 320 yards per game.

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By Mike Kuchar Senior Research Manager X&O Labs This report provides in-depth analysis of proper press coverage technique and tactics.

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By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs It's the game within the game that matters, which is why XandOLabs presents new research on how offensive and defensive coordinators train their spotters in the press box.  With some states allowing the use of technology in the booth these methods could mean the difference between wins and losses.

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Drill Reports

Eastern Washington’s Squat and Kathy Cover Two Techniques

By Cherokee Valeria, Cornerbacks Coach, Eastern Washington University At FCS Perennial powerhouse Eastern Washington University, Cornerbacks coach Cherokee Valeria ties his players footwork to their eyes and uses two methods to do so- Squat and Cathy. Valeria details both of his Cover Two techniques- including the drills he uses to teach them- against various releases.....

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3 Drills to Improve QB Accuracy

By Ryan O’Hara, Quarterback Coach, Santa Monica College Find out how three simple drills can refocus your QB on the fundamentals and greatly improve his accuracy.

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Coaching Low Hands in Pass Protection

By Justin Iske, Offensive Line Coach, Fort Hays State University Hand placement in pass protection has been debated for years in OLine coaching circles, hear Coach Iske's reasons for teaching low hands in this Drill Report.  

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Arkansas DC shares 15 Open Field Tackle Drills

By Chris Ash, Defensive Coordinator, University of Arkansas   See how Chris Ash trains the eyes and feet of his second level players to make tackles in space.   

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