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December 2007

December 2007


Defending the Pass

Disruptions & Hand-to-Hand Combat
by: Todd Howard
Defensive Line Coach, UCLA
© December 2007

In today’s brand of college football, teams tend to throw more than they run. In light of this trend, the coaching staff at UCLA has tried to be more creative with regard to how we coach and prepare our players to play against the pass.

Also, because of his experience in the NFL, UCLA Defensive Coordinator Dewayne Walker, then with the Washington Redskins, brought information from studies done on 'Ball Disruptions.' It is well known that combining pressure on the passer with the jamming of the receivers to disrupt the timing of their patterns is an effective means for creating sacks and incomplete passes. However, an area that we give attention to is a statistic that we call “Ball Disruptions.” We define “Ball Disruptions” as an attempt by the defense to adversely affect the normal flow of an offensive pass by applying direct ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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