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© June, 2013
Defensive Pursuit Drills

by Joel Dettwiler
Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Long time UW-La Crosse Defensive Coordinator Roland Christensen preached the 3 P’s for many years to his defensive players: pride, poise, and pursuit. We still hold these three things in very high regard. Playing defense at UW-La Crosse is a privilege and the ability and attitude to pursue relentlessly is a requirement to play defense.

Getting Started – Pursuit Fundamentals

It is important to understand that pursuit is not simply running hard, but also the understanding of angles to the football and team defense. When we begin to teach pursuit, we begin with teaching angles to our players. More specifically, we talk about the idea that when you pursue the football, you must ‘take an angle so that the ball cannot cut across your face’.

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