Today’s presenter is Andy LaRussa, Assistant Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties at Western Kentucky University.
Andy LaRussa serves as WKU’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach, a position he assumed in December 2018.
As a team, WKU produced a top 25 overall defense, as the Hilltoppers completed one of the best defensive seasons in recent memory. WKU allowed only 20.1 total points per game, which was the lowest mark for the program since 2004 and ranked No. 22 in FBS.
LaRussa came to The Hill following one season as a special teams analyst at the University of Southern California.
As an assistant with the Trojan special teams, LaRussa helped USC to the third-best punt return unit in the Pac-12 (10.5 per return) and a league-high pair of return touchdowns in the punt game from Tyler Vaughns and Devon Williams. The Trojans were equally as dangerous in the kickoff return unit as their 22.6 yards per return tanked No. 4 in the Pac-12. Sophomore Velus Jones continued his climb into USC’s career kick return yardage list and finished the 2018 campaign inside the top 10. The Trojans also led the Pac-12 with four blocked kicks.
The purpose of this post is not to say that you should do the drills exactly as they do, but that they hopefully will give you some ideas for drills to use to teach and rehearse your coaching points for your team.
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