🏈 Kansas Football Goes Virtual With Coaches Clinic
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Over the past two weeks, Kansas football assistant coaches took to social media to teach their followers about different football drills, mechanics and more from their specific position group as part of #KUComesToYou. Filmed from the comfort of their homes, the Jayhawk coaches sought to teach about their positions and keep followers engaged with the game of football.
Check out each of the coaches had to offer below and follow along on social media for more.
Day One – Brent Dearmon, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Coach Dearmon kicked off the KU football coaches clinic on March 23, as he introduced several drills that help quarterbacks work on their mechanics, foundation in the pocket, hips and hops, timing and throwing on the run.
Dearmon set up several examples of the trash can drill, which helps a quarterback navigate the pocket.
Following the video, Dearmon posted additional drills and techniques from his Twitter account, while also sharing ideas with former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.
Each QB is different usually. For example the two videos I put up, one back foot leads, and the other front foot leads. Whichever they end up feeling the most comfortable with is what I allow them to do. Any knowledge that the legend can share, I will take it.
— Brent Dearmon (@BrentDearmon) March 24, 2020
Day Two – DJ Eliot, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
On the second day of the coaches clinic, defensive coordinator DJ Eliot took to his basement to show viewers the proper way to sack the quarterback.
In the video, Eliot breaks down the mechanics of sacking the quarterback, where the defender reaches and pins the quarterback’s throwing arm, before draping their body on the quarterback.
Eliot introduces several beneficial clips and drills to show his instruction in action, including clips from Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh Steelers), Avery Williamson (Tennessee Titans) and Azur Kamara as a Jayhawk last season.
Day Three – Jonathan Wallace, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
Running backs coach and special teams coordinator Jonathan Wallace took viewers through some running back fundamentals on day three that he uses to get his running backs ready to go.
Wallace stressed the importance of three things for running backs during the drills – ball security, keeping eyes up and foot quickness.
Our 5 points of pressure include…
1) Hawk Claw (Index, Middle Finger, and Thumb)
4) Airtight Armpit
5) Elbow to Ribcage
We will also use a 6th point of pressure in traffic which involves our off hand wrapping our opposite wrist.
— Jonathan Wallace (@CoachWallaceKU) March 25, 2020
Day Four – Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Outside Linebackers
Day four of the Kansas football coaches clinic featured assistant coach – linebackers, Chidera Uzo-Diribe, who taught us great pass rush techniques.
Uzo-Diribe brought three counter moves to the table, including the counter club, counter spin and counter swim techniques, which help pass rushers maneuver past the offensive lineman. Uzo-Diribe stresses the importance of utilizing speed off the edge, allowing for the pass rusher to use a counter move.
Uzo-Diribe breaks down the moves in several video clips from practice, showing the different counter techniques in action.
Day Five – Luke Meadows, Offensive Line
Offensive line coach Luke Meadows brought some great drills and techniques for offensive lineman to use at home and he put them on display with a special guest.
Meadows details four things you can do from home to improve your skills on the offensive line including footwork, contact, mental and eating.
Day Six – Joshua Eargle, Tight Ends & Recruiting Coordinator
Day six featured Kansas tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Joshua Eargle, who taught us about the “hybrid” position, and their impact in the offense.
“They’re called hybrids because they’re the nails that hold everything in the offense together. Just like the quarterback, they need to know what everybody does and how they fit into that and how their assignment fits into that, every single play.”
Eargle explains in the video how hybrids work in the KU offense, and their mentality that, “how we do anything is how we do everything.”
Day Seven – Jordan Peterson, Safeties
On Tuesday, we learned about takeaways. Assistant coach – Safeties, Jordan Peterson brought drills from the New England Patriots to teach players how to get the ball back to their offense.
In the video, Peterson highlights four key components of takeaways including preparation, population, physicality and purpose. Peterson then introduces us to the 2nd man drill and circle chase drill and shows them in action.
Day Eight – Chevis Jackson, Cornerbacks
On the final day of the KU football coaches clinic, assistant coach – cornerbacks, Chevis Jackson reminded defensive backs about the importance of short area quickness and change of direction for their position.
Jackson had his assistant put a couple of drills on display with the four cone drill, which can help defensive backs work on their quickness.