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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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  • BE SPECIAL By committing to better special team practice organization, your units will create more explosive plays.

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