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An Efficient and Effective Way for Defense to Get Practice Reps

While the focus is not on the physical, proper footwork, hand placement, fits, and eye discipline is emphasized.

Finding the most efficient way to practice and effectively prepare players is something that coaches are always searching for. Head Coach of Missouri S&T Todd Drury has created a way to get his players the reps they need with a focus on the mental side of the game. To do this, he utilizes 10 trash cans and two sets of six scout team players.

As described on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Drury evolved his walkthrough into a period in which his players are able to get more reps while gaining the understanding of what the offense is trying to do in addition to their reaction and required decision making within their defensive calls. The setup of the drill is simple. The diagram below shows two scout team players (skill only) and five trash cans spaced twenty yards apart facing each other. 

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