The purpose of this Defensive Back Defensive Back Backpedal Break at 45° Drill is to improve the technique of breaking out of backpedaling into a 45 degree forward sprint.
- Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline.
- The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field.
- The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field
- Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline
- After about 12 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back plants his foot on the next step and sprints forward in a 45 degree angle for a few steps.
- While the previous Defensive Back is still backpedaling the next Defensive Back lines up already in his stance ready to start backpedaling.
Repeat according to practice plan – alternate side to sprint to.
See that all Defensive Backs get as many repetitions as possible.
- See Coaching points of the Backpedaling Drill
- Turn plant foot 45 degrees
- Throw shoulder
This Defensive Back Backpedal, Break at 45° Drill is contributed by ©2007 Leon Criner (✝️ Nov. 14, 2014), at the time Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and Jimmy Sims, at the time Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education / Head Football Coach at Los Angeles Valley College – The Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs played then in the Western States Conference, now in the SCFA, Southern California Football Association.