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© February, 2014
Teaching Turnovers

by Josh Homolka
Defensive Coordinator • Ottawa University

Drills that simulate actual game conditions can make your defensive players better prepared.

A critical factor to our success has been our ability to take the ball away. With a high-power, fast offense we have created more opportunities to score and have made it clear that every defensive snap is an opportunity to cause a turnover. Every game week, we have three drills that start every practice. We designate each as a ten-minute segment. We are not focused on time but are more focused on looking for effort and techniques are being performed properly. The three drills we perform weekly are the INT Drill, Turnover Circuit and Tackle Circuit. Here is our strategy and technique for the INT Drill and the Turnover Circuit.

During our game week, we come in Sunday afternoon for film review and a light workout. Monday is our players’ day off. Game plan installation is Tuesday with a longer practice. Wednesday is a shorter clean-up pr ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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