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Successful Special Teams Starts With A Solid Philosophy

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© February, 2006


by Mike Mallory
Defensive Coordinator, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.

IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, there’s an average of 32 plays a game that involve special teams, so that aspect of your team had better be prepared.

You want to develop a philosophy on special teams that fosters the elimination of mistakes, keeps intensity high, preaches good fundamentals and is efficient with limited practice time.

But developing a philosophy is the easy part. Once you’ve developed a solid theory for how you’d like your special teams to perform, you must take steps to make that philosophy work. Four key areas make up the core of our special teams philosophy:

1.    The right personnel.
2.    Delegation of coaching staff duties.
3.    Having a detailed practice plan.
4.    Grading system for player performance.

The Right Personnel
There are six different special teams units.

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