This drill is a half speed, game-like drill that simulates shedding a block, creating a pursuit angle and stopping a ball carrier at the line of scrimmage.
- Set up a line of scrimmage by placing two cones five yards apart. Place a blocker between the two cones, on his knees. The ball carrier stands five yards behind the line of scrimmage. The tackler lines up opposite the blocker.
- On the coaches signal, the ball carrier will slowly move out of the backfield, and choose a “hole” to the left or right of the offensive lineman
- The tackler approaches the line of scrimmage and makes light contact with the offensive lineman, sheds his block, then slides to the left or right to intercept the ball carrier.
- The tackler steps into the hole engages the ball carrier, sliding his head to the ball side, and making contact with the shoulder pad
- The tackler shoots his hips and wraps his arms to drive the ball carrier back
- The offensive lineman stays on his knees and will not attempt to block the tackler
- This is a half speed drill that focuses on footwork and technique. It’s not necessary to run quickly or hit hard
- The tackler should keep his head up when making contact with the blocker so he can track the approach of the ball carrier