10 Total Techniques: A “Small College and High School” Approach to Training O-Linemen

Jun 8, 2020 | Offensive Line, Position Groups

By Anthony Franz
Offensive Line & Offensive Coordinator
Trinity International University (IL)


Reps Win

First, let me tell you that this type of training comes from my belief in repetition. I believe that the team/unit who has more reps of a scheme/technique will win that play. If my OL base block drill gets more reps than your DL base defeat drill… I believe I will win that rep or at least increase the probability that we will. I am not saying that athletic ability does not play into my thought process, what I am saying is that I can create talent through quality repetitions. Thus, closing the athletic (talent) gap between your defense and my offensive linemen.

I do not have the luxury of having the pick of the litter when it comes to O-linemen therefore, I must be intentional about my player development. Developing complete O-linemen is a long process and I believe I have created a system that speeds up that time.

There is only so much time in the week. So, when building your practice plan keep in mind:

  • We are trying to master techniques that show up on game day

  • If it doesn’t show up on game film… We don’t rep it

  • If we don’t rep it… We don’t run it


Simplified Approach

Small college football has taught me how to get the most “bang for my buck” out of limited resources and limited time. Because of this, I have also simplified my O-Line techniques to maybe 10 total techniques that they must master in order to be able to execute our entire playbook. I do this because if we can rep 10 techniques 10,000 times and our opponents practice 30 techniques 5,000 times…We will win. I am looking for mastery of skills and techniques, I do not want to create a Jack of all trades and a master of none.