Defensive Back Backpedal Zone turn to Corner Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back  Backpedal Zone turn to Corner Drill is to teach and work on the techniques of turning out of backpedaling into running forward and changing direction correctly when zone covering a receiver who is going downfield (i.e. running a corner route).


  1. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline.
  2. The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field (about 5 yards off the sideline.
  3. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field (the remaining backs stay behind the Coach).
  4. Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline
  5. After about 4 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back turns as if the receiver was breaking to a post route.
  6. After 6 more yards the Defensive Back turns again to stay with the receiver who is now breaking to a corner route.

Coaching Points

  1. See Coaching points of the Defensive Back Backpedal Drill
  2. Open to post, man turn to corner
  3. Snap your eyes around
  4. You must commit your hips


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This Defensive Back Backpedal Man turn to Corner 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.