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April 2008

April 2008


The Drills Report - Central Florida\'s Ball Security

by: Tim Salem
Offensive Coordinator & Running Backs Coach, University of Central FL
© April 2008

One of the fastest ways to lose a football game is by the offense turning the ball over to its opponent. Keeping turnovers to a minimum through techniques and drills that are practiced ensures the team’s chance of success. The offensive coaches’ motto at UCF is, “Ball security is a job, yours and mine.”

If an individual is fumbling the ball away too many times, he will be replaced. If a position on the team is losing the football, the coach will be replaced. With this emphasis on players and coaches held accountable, a stronger sense of importance about ball security occurs. As we speak to our players about ball security, the words “secure,” “protect” and “squeeze” are used. We stay away from negative phrases like, “don’t fumble” and “hang on to the ball.” These positive trigger words allow players to focus on playing the game a....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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