This drill focuses on the lineman’s footwork, and their ability to explode not only off the line, but through the quarterback.

Set Up

  • Set up a tackle dummy, and stand 5-7 yards in front of it.
  • Place two cones; one a little bit further out than where your offensive tackle would be, and another 10 yards to your side and about 3 yards behind you.
  • The player should be lined up in a defensive ends approximate position relative to the ball, in 3-point stance, as close to the ball as they can be.

Football Coaching Drills


  1. When you hike the ball, players should sprint out to the closest cone, plant and sprint to the far cone, coming around it and accelerating into the quarterback.

Coaching Tips

  • Try using a green football if you have access to one – they’re great for challenging players to really focus in on the ball.
  • Make sure to teach your players to take the most direct path possible, and not bend their runs around the pylons.