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By Derrick Sherman, Offensive Analyst, Tulane University (LA)


Since all receivers are different, it becomes necessary to teach different break techniques to each player. It is up to the wide receiver coach to make sure each individual is efficient, quick, and explosive as he can possibly be. At Tulane, the offensive staff uses the buzz words “push, point, and pull” in every break to create a common language that gets the players focused on the keys to running great routes. In this exclusive clinic report, offensive analyst Derrick Sherman takes us through how these techniques are implemented into the four most important break drills Tulane wide receivers use on a daily basis. Read the report....

 



By Derrick Sherman
Offensive Analyst
Tulane University (LA)
Twitter: @CoachSherms

 

 

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Introduction:

Each offense has dozens of different routes and there is never enough time to get all the necessary reps to perfect each one. Luckily, there are enough similarities in the routes and concepts that we do have enough time to focus on the fundamentals then put it all together on the field (90 degree cut, 45-degree cut, speed cut). Here at Tulane, we use a series of drills to become better route runners by concentrating on the different breaks that are common throughout our route tree.

We are very away that all of our receivers are different. That means that these breaks will be different from man to man. It is up to us as a coach to make sure each individual is efficient, quick, and explosive as he can possibly be. Our goal is to master the technique and do it faster each day.

The 3 P's Push-Point-Pull

Everyone has their own buzz words. Here at Tulane, we use push, point, and pull in every break to create a common language that gets the players focused on the keys to running great routes.

PUSH: The receiver will push his plant step into the ground while dropping his hips. He will need to keep his shoulders over his knees, and his knees over his toes. This helps to provide proper balance in the cut.

POINT: The next step in the progression should point the receiver toward his next destination. This ensures that there are no wasted steps going somewhere other than exactly where he should be aiming.

PULL: Lastly, the receiver should pull his inside elbow to pull and turn his hips, shoulders and head around all in unison. This ensures that we are efficient and explosive while ready to make catch

The drills that follow all help us rep and prefect these techniques on a daily basis. Each of these drills requires 4 cones and footballs.

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Conclusion

It is critical that your receivers get quicker, faster and more explosive on a daily basis. I believe it is important to have position specific drills that help players get the proper movements for each position. These drills are a great start to developing great route runners and can be executed every day. They also are a great way to build confidence in and out of the cut as well as being a great measuring tool to show your kids are developing more quickness, speed and explosion. Thanks to X&O Labs for allowing me to share what we do.

 

Meet Coach Sherman: Derrick Sherman is in his 2nd year as an offensive analyst at Tulane. Prior to Tulane, Sherman served as the WR coach at Pittsburg State University. Prior to Pittsburg State, Sherman was an Offensive Graduate Assistant at Georgia Southern under Current Tulane Head Coach Willie Fritz. Sherman also had stops West Virginia State University and Southwest Baptist University where he served as the Wide Receivers Coach.

 

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