The Daylight Inside Drill works on the running back’s ability to find the open gap (daylight) and hit that hole hard and confident.
- Mark an offensive line with pylons or linestrip.
- Place 3 players on the defensive side (about 1 yard behind the LOS) at the designated point of attack: one exactly at the P-O-A, the other 2 left and right of him about 1-2 feet apart.
- Runningback lines up in his normal position
- Coach signals to the “shields” which one should “open”
- Runningback will run his normal path with ball (Variation: Use a Quarterback to hand off the ball to add even more real live to the drill)
- when Runningback is about 1 yard away from the LOS the shield-holder that should open steps 2 steps back while the other two will take one step forward. (Variation: Shields slide to left or right 1-2 steps to present one opening gap.)
- The runningback adjusts his path (cuts) to hit the opening and attacks the “opening” shield and cuts off of this shield and continues about 3-5 yards further downfield.
- Runningback should always attack designated Point of Attack hard and fullspeed.
- Runningback shouldn’t slow down when closing in on the pads – there will be an opening!
- Hips and shoulders should always point downfield.
- 3 Shields
- Pylons or