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© October, 2010


by Joe Forchtner
Defensive Coordinator New Mexico Military Institute

At the junior college level, we’re in a little bit of a different situation than four-year schools in that (1) we’re dealing exclusively with underclassmen, and (2) we’re counting on those underclassmen to contribute immediately. Also, at New Mexico Military, our kids have extremely structured days, so we have very limited film and practice time. Our kids have a dinner formation every night, which limits our practice time to well under two hours each day. So, our approach in developing our defensive linemen has to be a little bit different than if we had our kids for four years and didn’t have the time constraints that we have. We have to focus on the aspects of defensive line play that we feel are the most crucial to getting a young man ready to be productive immediately. So, we focus on the most fundamental aspects of the position and try to be as good as possible at those aspects.

    At New Mexico Military, we’ve had quite a few talented players, but a lot of times we have to sign the best athletes that we can get and then develop them at a specific position that they quite possibly have never played before. Two years ago, we signed a very athletic quarterback to play D-end for us. He had never played any other position besides quarterback and had never put his ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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