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kentstateBy Sam Nichols, Managing Editor, X&O Labs

One of the more productive, straight forward circuits that we have seen here at X&O Labs came from Tunde Agboke the defensive line coach at Marist College. Click here to see how he uses this circuit to perfect KOR skills for his players.

By Sam Nichols
Managing Editor
X&O Labs
Twitter: @SNicholsXOLabs


Editor’s Note: The following research was conducted in part of XandOLabs.com special report on “Special Teams Circuits” which can be found here.





One of the more productive, straight forward circuits that we have seen here at X&O Labs came from Tunde Agboke the defensive line coach at Marist College. According to Agboke, “It is critical the players on this unit know how to block in space. Thus, we spend a great deal of time doing individual blocking and dropping drills. We use this circuit at least once a week. Once we accomplish that goal, then we come together and run our schemes.

These drills have helped us tremendously. We have be able to quickly identify the guys who can and can’t do it without wasting weeks or months of practice time. We see KOR as the first play of every offensive series, and we are looking to go deep.”

Drill #1:  Drop on Air

This basic cone drill teaches players the fundamentals of their takeoff, angle, transition into the block phase and ability to create proper leverage.

Concept / Coaching Points:  “We use this drill to teach our players the proper drop angles and technique. We want to make sure they don’t round off corners once they put their foot in the ground to come back up field. They must also simulate striking a blow.”- Agboke


To see video of Marist College’s Drop on Air Drill, click on the link below:

Drill #2:  Drop N Stick

This drill builds on the previous drill and adds a player for the blocker to engage.  When you watch the drill you will see a real attention to detail and focus on the contact points to create leverage and move the kickoff coverage player out of his lane. 

Concept / Coaching Points:  “This is a combination Drop On Air and Stick N Shuffle. The players have to put everything together with a live runner coming at them.  Players focus on angles, transition from running back to attacking, blocking the return side 60% of the body.”- Agboke


To see video of Marist College’s Drop and Stick Drill, click on the link below:

Drill #3:  Stick N Shuffle

The third phase of Marist’s KOR blocking circuit focuses on what might be the most difficult part skill of blocking in space; that is extending the block past the initial “stick.”

Concept / Coaching Points:  “Players have to be able to deliver a blow and then be able to sustain the blow. This drill helps teach the players to be the aggressor when blocking and how to keep good leverage.  Players work to get inside leverage with their arms and then work to keep their hips between the defender and the ball as they shuffle.”- Agboke


To see video of Marist College’s Stick and Shuffle Drill, click on the link below:


ST circuits are a great way to get lots of reps on these rare techniques in a short amount of time. For more drills you can use this season in your special teams periods, click on the links below.


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