Defensive Back Intercept and Score Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back Intercept and Score Drill is to work on catching the ball at the highest point while running full speed into the flight path of the football, and then score by breaking through would be tacklers and still maintaining balance to continue to run and score.



  • Put a stand up dummy about 2-3 yards to the side of the Defensive Backs starting point and about 1-2 yards into the field.
  • From the hash marks about 4-5 yards next to the coach (to the same side as the dummy) lay out 4-5 square bags towards the sideline.
  • Put 2 players with hand shields about 1 yard in front of the first square bag.
  1. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline
  2. The coach throws the ball in an arc towards the standup dummy
  3. When the coach throws the ball the Defensive Back starts to intercept the pass
  4. Then the Defensive Back sprints to the square backs
  5. Breaks through between the players with the shields (who will jam the ball carrier)
  6. And high steps over the square bags to score.

Coaching Points

  1. Move forward at full speed
  2. Time your jump
  3. Be under control
  4. Catch the ball at the highest point
  5. Don’t lean into the contact, or you will fall if you don’t make contact


  • Strand-up Dummy
  • 2 hand shields
  • 4-5 square bags
  • Football(s)

This Defensive Back Intercept and Score 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.