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Defending the Spread


  "At St X, you play defense until you play offense", - Steve Specht
The 3-3-5 Bomber Defense - Steve Specht Head Coach St Xavier

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St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati) Head Coach Steve Specht uses an odd stack – a 3-3-5 – as his base defense. His philosophy in the box is to employ read scheme techniques and behind that go five across in the secondary to disguise coverages. A two-time state champion, Specht is one of the most respected defensive minds in the nation. He recently completed a four-set series of DVDs on Zone Read Principles, Coverages, Blitzes, and Defending the Spread.

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Adapting the Up Tempo Spread to Today's Wing-T


Left: Rex Lardner Interviews Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Head Coach Lew Johnston on this exciting set of Up Tempo Spread Wing-T videos.

1. Installation 67 mins
2. The Run Game 74 mins
3. The Run Game Bonus Footage Game Film
4. The Passing Game 76 mins
5. The Passing Game Bonus Footage Game Film
6. Attacking Defenses 71 mins

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THE H.O.P.E FOUNDATION: An Update for 2015

Hugh Freeze, the head football coach at the University of Mississippi, is considered by many as this season?s Football Bowl Subdivision Coach of the Year. He led the Rebels to a regular season of 9-3, a top twenty ranking, and an upset win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.   But Coach Freeze has also taken a …

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Coach Russell?s Ruminations ? December

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and happy holiday season! It’s the best time of the year (Bowl Season!) as we get to take some time to be around our friends and family, and reflect on how lucky we are to be involved in this profession. In our neck of the woods, it’s also …

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Quality Control

As we head into the winter/off-season and jump into our film study from the 2014 season, please find below some ideas for areas of analysis as you reflect on the past year.  These are the areas that we will focus on at both a player, position group, unit, and team level as well as for …

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  • Options Galore - To be successful running a multiple option offense from the gun and pistol, every player must identify the read key and the option key.
  • Updating the Pistol-Flex Offense - Five new enhancements make this offense even more effective.
  • Zone Defense on the Goal Line - To be efficient in this zone defense, give each player a specific responsibility.
  • Shotgun Snapping in a Run-First Offense - Teaching proper techniques and practicing as many reps as possible will improve the performance of your shotgun snapper.
  • The Art of the Interception – Proper positioning and anticipation are two prerequisites for making an interception.
  • Taking the No-Huddle Offense to the West Coast – Combining the West Coast offense with an up-tempo, no-huddle system can result in a powerful running and passing attack.
  • Five Keys to Defending the Wing-T With Your 4-3 Defense – To stop the Wing-T, use three different fronts, key on the guards and limit your blitzes.
  • Play Keep-Away: Each time your team punts, the goal is to kick it 40 yards and out of bounds.
  • Flex Fronts: Stop offenses by using a different front on every play.
  • Fixed Front: Defending trips to the field and in the boundary with a stable pre-snap look

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    Allen (TX)
    15-0
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    Las Vegas (NV)
    15-0
    3. Colquitt County
    Moultrie (GA)
    15-0
    4. De La Salle
    Concord (CA)
    13-0
    5. Dallas Skyline
    Dallas (TX)
    14-1
    6. St. Peter's Prep
    Jersey City (NJ))
    11-1
    7. Chandler
    Chandler (AZ)
    13-1
    8. St. Edward
    Lakewood (OH)
    12-2
    9. Centennial
    Corona (CA)
    12-2
    10. Katy
    Katy (TX)
    14-1
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