Quarterback

The quarterback position is one of the most visible and important roles on the team. The quarterback touches the ball on nearly every offensive play and has a great deal of responsibility both in calling plays and making decisions during the play. While there is liberal substitution at most positions in football based on the play call and to minimize player fatigue, most quarterbacks are on the field for every offensive play leaving only for injury or when the game’s outcome is no longer in doubt.

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Tight End

The Tight End position demands more versatility than any other position on offense. A great Tight End has to be versatile in several ways.

Alignment

The Tight End position has long outgrown it’s name. Yes, the Tight End can still line up next to the Tackle but the Tight End can also line up as a wing, in the slot and even extended out as a WR. The Tight End also shows up in the backfield.

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Defensive Back

Defensive backs (DBs) usually line-up several yards back from the line of scrimmage and are typically responsible for covering receivers on passing plays and tackling running backs who break through the first line of the defense.

A defensive back has a lot of skills to check off before he steps foot on the field: Fast, agile, athletic, strong will and mind, great footwork, great tackler, and oh ya he’s got to be able to run fast backwards!

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Center

The center touches the football more than any other position in a football game.  He is the innermost lineman of the offensive line and is the player who passes (or “snaps”) the ball between his legs to the quarterback at the start of each play. This dude is important to your football team!

In recent years, the importance of centers for a football team has increased, due to the re-emergence of 3-4 defenses.

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Long Snapper

A long snapper must be able to perform multiple duties.  On field goals and extra points he must have the ability to snap a ball to the holder with precision and speed as well as execute his blocking assignments after the snap.  On punts he must be able to snap a ball up to fifteen yards with precision and speed (in the NFL they look for snappers that can execute a snap to the punter in .68 of a second or less),

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Kicking & Punting

The position of kicker is a unique position.  Not only does a kicker need to be athletic and coordinated to kick the ball physically but he must posses the confidence to handle pressure.  Flexibility, strength, technique and mental toughness are all important attributes of a great kicker.

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Defensive Line

Defensive Lineman have probably the most physically demanding position on the field. They must be big and strong enough to stop the run as well as agile and fast enough to rush the passer.  You’ll often hear the expression that the best defensive linemen have a ‘great motor,’ in other words, they are physically fit, mean, nasty, and relentless! They must also understand their roll within a defensive scheme as it often calls for protecting a gap and taking on two offensive lineman in order to free up a linebacker to make a play. 

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Linebacker

A linebacker would best be defined as baking a cake using a defensive back and a defensive lineman as the two ingredients.  A linebacker must possess the agility of a defensive back and the strength and toughness of a defensive lineman.  A great linebacker must be able to turn and run with a receiver in coverage as well as shed blocks from offensive lineman that can out-weigh them by 60-70 pounds.  A linebacker must also possess the most knowledge of any defender as they have to be able to recognize offensive formations and determine if a play is a run or a pass in only a split second.

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Offensive Line

Playing on the offensive line is the second most demanding position behind Quarterback when it comes to football smarts.  Not only do offensive lineman have to be big, strong, and agile but they must have the knowledge to execute a multitude of blocking assignments against many different defensive fronts and formations.  The number one objective of any defense is to confuse an offense and they will do so with shifting, stunting, lining up in different gaps,

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Running Back

The running back is the guy who is typically lined up in the offensive backfield with the quarterback. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, and to block. A great running back must be tough, durable, elusive, strong, and an effective blocker.  He possesses great vision as well as the ability to make the first tackler miss or can break that first tackle. 

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