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Drill of the Day: Hard Tackle

Our second Drill of the Day installment takes a look at the drill Washington State uses to prepare its defenders to make touchdown-saving tackles at the goal line. The video and an explanation of the drill by linebackers coach Ken Wilson are after the jump.


Linebackers coach Ken Wilson:

We call that drill "Hard Tackle" it's one-on-one at the goal line and the guy that's running up the sideline is the defender and the guy that's on the field going down the side is the ball carrier. It's pretty simple, it's just who can win the battle. I'm looking for guys that will tackle with their chest and their belly and will drive a guy out of the whole, you know. There are times on the goal line where you don't have help and it's just you and that big running back or fullback and we've got to win that battle. Really we're just teaching all the positions that one-on-one tackle.

We've done it for awhile now so the older guys do it much better than the young guys. I was most impressed probably by our secondary. That's the hardest drill for those guys and they're doing a great job in that drill. In the scheme that we play those guys give them fits here and there and we've got to tackle  and the safeties are doing a nice job in that drill. And our corners.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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