Good afternoon, Coaches. We think you’ll like these three stories.
1. Breaking down the Oklahoma scheme that led to six TDs for Jalen Hurts (ESPN)
If you want to see an ex-NFL quarterback break down one of the top offensive schemes in college football, we’ve got you covered.
In Jalen Hurts’s debut game for Oklahoma on Saturday, in the Sooners’ season opener against Houston, the senior transfer quarterback set career-high marks with six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air on 20-of-23 passing, and 508 yards of total offense. He led his new school to a 49-31 win.
ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky had a solid breakdown of a couple of eye-catching plays that Oklahoma ran in Hurts’s debut. In the video below, the analyst notes how Oklahoma’s play design manipulates defenders out of harm’s way to give Hurts easy decisions, and how Hurts’s threat as a runner makes play-action lethal when executed correctly.
How does your scheme give your offensive players a numbers advantage at the point of attack?
2. North Texas explains the (amazingly elaborate) FAKE FAIR CATCH trick (Banner Society)
You may remember the 90-yard punt return touchdown North Texas put on Arkansas in Week 3 of 2018, en route to a 44-17 destruction of the Razorbacks. And you will probably smile when you watch it right now, because it is ALWAYS fun to watch.
There’s a whole explanation of how this play was designed, practiced and implemented at the perfect time. We encourage you to click on the entire story and check it out.
Here’s our favorite part of the story.
“You talk about a big operation,” Biagi says. “You’ve gotta have all hands on deck, because you’ve gotta have the sideline coaches, the strength staff doing a great job keeping everybody off the field, ‘cause normally what happens is the offense is ready to take the field, run on, and get everyone fired up.”
How do you teach your players to sell trick plays so that they don’t show their excitement at the line of scrimmage?
3. NFL, Hudl expand partnership to grow the game of football (NFL.com)
In their ongoing efforts to improve high school football, the NFL and Hudl have expanded their partnership to include providing one NFL Game Pass subscription, free of charge, to every varsity high school football program using their services.
NFL Game Pass brings fans in the United States of America replays of every NFL game of the season as soon as they end, as well as live, gameday audio. A Game Pass subscription also includes access to archives of every NFL game from 2009 through 2019, previous seasons of NFL shows such as Hard Knocks and A Football Life, the “All-22” coaches’ film, in addition to the Game Pass exclusive show, NFL Game Pass Film Session, which highlights successful concepts, techniques and first-hand tips by players and coaches. NFL Game Pass can be accessed online and any smartphone, tablet or connected TV device.
Additionally, the partnership will assist with extending the Way to Play initiative to the high school football level, which will help highlight proper playing technique to protect players from unnecessary risk and foster culture change across all levels of the sport.
The NFL Way to Play High School Award will honor one high school football player weekly for demonstrating exceptional in-game playing technique. The high school award recipient will be announced on NFL Network each Saturday morning, and the school of each honoree will receive a $1,500 equipment grant.
How will you use this new perk to your team’s benefit?
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