At the linebacker position, you must be able to meet and defeat blocks with great technique and effort. The job of defensive players is to get to the ball carrier as quickly as possible while also being physical at the point of attack. This report breaks down how Coach Aughtry-Lindsay teaches these techniques at Campbell University...
By Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay
Defensive Run Game Coordinator / Linebackers Coach / Pro Liaison
Campbell University (NC)
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Here at Campbell University, our linebacker unit uses a number of block destruction techniques as tools to give us the best chance of being productive and effective at our position. At the linebacker position, you must be able to meet and defeat blocks with great technique and effort. The job of defensive players is to get to the ball carrier as quickly as possible while also being physical at the point of attack. The four block destruction techniques that are taught and discussed daily on our team / within the linebacker core are as follows:
- Spill & Leverage
Throughout this clinic report, these four block destruction techniques will be discussed in detail.
That said, no matter what technique is being used the most important components of block destruction are to always have active eyes, feet and hands. When using any of the techniques listed above, we want to always attack half a man when approaching a blocker. Ultimately, this allows us the best opportunity to get off a block and pursue the ball carrier. Attacking half a man also allows us to keep our off hand free, which increases our ability to make a play. We never want to be head up on the blocker because this blocks our vision and gives the blocker the ability to engage. Lastly, it is imperative that we know where our support is at all times within the defense so we can fit on the correct side of the blocker.
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- The “spill” and “leverage” techniques used when taking on a blocker in space.
- The “splatter” technique used when there is no run fit responsibility given to the linebacker.
- The “rip thru” technique used when linebackers are playing on the run while making minimal contacting on the blocker.
- Plus drill film of these techniques.
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In conclusion, we want to be the best we can be at block destruction. To do that, I believe in repetition to create muscle memory of what I want my linebackers to effectively do. We must be able to track the ball carrier, attack and strike him in the most efficient way possible without thinking. Here at Campbell University, block destruction being taught this way is what works best for us.
Meet Coach Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay: Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay begins his third season on the Campbell staff, coordinating the Camels' run game defense and coaching linebackers. Aughtry-Lindsay was named defensive run game coordinator following the 2015 season, where CU ranked fifth in the country in total defense, allowing just 279.3 yards per game. Among FCS programs, Campbell also stood third in team sacks per game (3.55) and ninth in scoring defense (17.7). The team shattered program records for all three categories, adding single season marks for tackles for loss (85.0) and total sacks (38.0).
Aughtry-Lindsay was the linebackers coach at Elon during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In his first season with the Phoenix, Aughtry-Lindsay coached Jonathan Spain to second-team All-Southern Conference honors, and guided John Silas to SoCon all-freshman team accolades in 2013. Prior to Elon, Aughtry-Lindsay coached linebackers at Slippery Rock (Pa.) in 2011. He spent 2008-10 at his alma mater, NCSU, first as an assistant in the recruiting office in 2008, and as a defensive graduate assistant coach from 2009-10. He also served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Andrews High School in High Point, N.C. in 2007.