National Coach of the Year John Wristen took the CSU-Pueblo program from a startup to a #1 ranking in just three years. In this video, Coach Wristen explores the multiple phases of the Thunderwolves' special teams game. He covers schemes, drills, and numerous coaching points to provide simple solutions to the complex challenges associated with punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return teams.
Punt ReturnThe punt return team represents a chance to score on defense as well as a chance to gain great field position for your offense. Coach Wristen covers his "Hammer" team goals and coaching points, the Hammer Circuit drill set, the Expose Drill, and his punt return schemes.
PuntThe number one way to help control field position is a great punt team. Coach Wristen uses the huddle as an advantage on his punt team. By getting to the line and punting the ball within a few seconds, he minimizes the return team's chances to set up a block or return. He discusses regular shield and rugby-style punting schemes, as well as punt protection, punt coverage and a leverage drill.
Kickoff ReturnLearn schemes and drills to improve starting field position. Wristen covers both middle and trap, or sideline, returns. His middle return will help coaches respond to kicking teams that try to pin returners into corners.
KickoffSet the tone for the upcoming defensive drive. Wristen shares his kickoff philosophy, schemes and adjustments. He uses a SAG and GAS call to move his gunners and safeties around on kickoff teams. This prevents opponents from isolating key players and successfully returning the kickoff against your team. He also gives you a second Expose Drill that he uses to evaluate both kickoff and kickoff return personnel.
Video footage is provided for each special team and the techniques needed. By simplifying each technique, Wristen has created a way to maximize repetitions and limit the time needed to teach and administer special teams.
Coach Wristen's detailed looked at his specials teams units and effective drills will help improve any program in the country.
89 minutes. 2013.
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Great explanation and information for all special teams areas.
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