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January 2012

January 2012


Drills Report EXPANDED Special Teams at South Dakota State

by: Shannon Turley
Director of Athletic Performance Training, University of San Diego
© January 2012

I have had the opportunity to work as the special teams coordinator at South Dakota State for the past two seasons. During that time, I could not be more pleased with our success. In 2010, we ranked No. 4 in FCS net punting, No. 4 in punt return yardage defense, No. 9 in kickoff returns, No. 1 in kickoff return yardage defense and No. 37 in punt returns. We accomplished these numbers without placing one single player in the top-20 of any category. I truly believe we achieved that success because of three things:

  Our coaches believe in the importance of special teams and are highly involved in them.

  Our team bought into what we try to accomplish.

  Our drill work and what we do during our practice time has been very effective.

The biggest difference in philosophy I brought to SDSU specia....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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