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August 2007

August 2007


D-Backs: Playing with Low Pad Level

Iowa State stresses The Importance of Pad Level and the Use of the Cage to help give their secondary power at the point of contact
by: Jeff Koonz
Secondary Coach, Iowa State University
© August 2007

One of the most important fundamental concepts that we stress in the secondary at Iowa State University is playing with low pad level. We believe as a staff that this improves the capabilities of our players in two ways. First, low pad level allows us to have phenomenal power when striking a ball carrier or when disengaging from a blocker. Second, it allows for quicker cuts and breaks, especially within the secondary.

I have had the opportunity to work with both the linebackers as well as the defensive backs in our system, and I believe that playing with low pad level is equally important to both positions. Some believe that taking players out of a comfort zone and forcing them to play low is counter productive. I believe that playing with low pad level is a teachable technique that can be made comfortable over time and has ext....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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