THE DEFENSIVE BACK UNIVERSITY BLOG

Break Up More Passes and Shutdown In 1on1s

Follow these 8 tips to break up passes and force incompletions to become a shutdown defensive back.


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Train Like An NFL Defensive Back

First and foremost, your athletic abilities including your speed and strength. As a db, speed is the name of the game. The faster you are, the easier time you’ll have coving the...


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How to score return touchdowns

Punt return is your time to shine. It’s a free opportunity to get the ball in your hands and showoff your skills to make a big play. Here are the 6 steps and tips to returning a punt for a touchdown:


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Weave and Keep Your Leverage

Football is a game of chess. It is constant competition between the offence and defense filled with strategic and manipulative moves to gain an edge over the opponent. One of these moves is a receiver’s stem. Instead of taking a straight release and running their route, they will stem you, the defensive back. A stem is any movement inside or outside to gain your leverage and help them get open.


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Initiate Contact and Make More Tackles

Welcome back to Defensive Back University or DBU, where you will learn everything you need to know about playing defensive back through this playlist on YouTube and blog posts on Pick6Athletics.com. Today we will learn about how to initiate contact when making tackles. It comes down to four words. Near foot, near shoulder.


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Tackle Shifty Ball carriers In Open Field

In theory, this tackling tip is pretty obvious and makes a lot of sense, but what you’ll notice watching film is that very few players actually follow this rule. When you are in the open field, DO NOT give the ballcarrier time to make a move on you. Close the distance as fast as you can.


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Make Open Field Tackles With This One Trick

Defensive Backs who can tackle standout. If you can tackle properly as a DB, you’ll give coaches another reason to play you, and make a lot more plays when it’s your time to shine. Of course, coverage is the main aspect of our position, but the more tools on your belt the better.


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The Trick To Looking For The Football

If you ever feel as if you’re right with the receiver in 1on1s but then he ends up catching the ball at the end, this one is for you. Maybe it was a perfectly timed throw, but maybe, and more likely, there’s something you can do about it.


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How To Backpedal With Proper Technique

Backpedaling is an art that doesn’t come to everyone easy. It must be repped many times before feeling smooth and comfortable. If you’re playing off coverage or you’re a deep defender, this is when you’ll use your back pedal. The better you get at it, the longer you can stay in your pedal while keeping your leverage, and you’ll get sharper breaks coming out of it. Here is how to do it…


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Welcome to Defensive Back University. We’re going to take you back to school so you can learn everything about playing defensive back. You’ll get the why, and the how to, only from DBU. from the basics to advanced concepts, here at Pick 6 Athletics.