Tuesday, March 6, 2012

UNITY FOOTBALL COMBINE                                                           
April 21, 2012 9-12:30pm                                                                                             
Top Sports Performance Facility is located at:
414 Gallimore Dairy Road
Greensboro, NC 27409


Please Pay by clicking the paypal button and print waiver for the day of the event
 $50.00 on Paypal-
$65.00 on Camp Day(Cash or Money Order only)
General Admission/ No Refunds once paid

 First 50 registrants will receive Coach Lamour’s 4.28 manual FREE and will receive notification of the updated series scheduled to be released in June

*Camp with Feature D1 Prospect QB to throw to athletes
*Registration will start at 8a.m. and end at 8:50 p.m.
*Please bring Cleats and proper hydration
*First 50 Athletes registered will receive under armour type shirts
*Bring Transcripts & Highlight DVD’s
*Please do not ask about your performance in the events. They will be given to you after the event
* Please do not ask College Coaches questions until event is finished.
*College Coaches from 50 Schools have been invited for in person evaluation

The purpose of this combine is to allow you to showcase your skills for the coaches on scene but just as important to arrange and gather your information that will be forwarded to an additional 150 plus coaches. These are coaches that Coach Lamour have worked with by sending player information to them for years. This is not just about filling inboxes of coaches.

What You Will Need
Shorts,jogging pants
Bottle of Water

Schedule of Events
7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.- Prayer/ Introduction
9:15 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.- Dynamic Warm-Up/ Flex
9:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.- 4 Stations- Vertical jump, Electronic 40 yard dash, pro agility run,  L Drill
11:10 a.m.- 11:40 a.m.- Individual Position Period- RB, WR, QB, LB, OL/DL, DB
11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.- 1v1 (WR/DB, OL/DL, RB/LB)
12:45 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.- Presentations, Closing Remarks, College Coaches talk, etc…

Also, college coaches will be in attendance, so please let the athletes know to be disciplined, work hard, and have a great attitude. We look forward to seeing you all there. The schedule is below. Thanks.

P.S.- Award will be announced post event

Jimmy Lamour
"Nike Coach of The Year Clinic Speaker"
7on7 National Performance Training Director & Recruiting Analyst
Certified Youth Fitness Specialist
Certified High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How Morris Claiborne could have ran a faster 40 at the NFL Combine?

1)    Hand Position

His hand that was not positioned on the line was very high, which means it would take longer for his arm to swing to guide his first step. Remember, a short lever is a faster lever. We teach the hand bent at the hip pocket, which sets us up nicely for the hip to cheek arm swing technique.

2)    Shins Erect

His Shin angle was very straight up and down, which means his first step is  very vertical. We are trying to move horizontally as quickly as possible in the 40 to cover more distance. This will be better accomplished by adjusting to a more parallel shin position, which will allow for an easier transition into a 45 degree angle burst into the 40 yard dash. Many times the problem with holding the parallel shin position is upper body strength. You must be able to hold your upper body while most of your weight is shifted forward. It is highly individual as strength levels vary, but your shins should be as close to parallel as possible.

3)    Started way behind the line

His foot position was farther away from the line as I like to see. This turns a 40 yard dash to a 41 or 42 yard dash. In the stopwatch game, that could be the difference between a 4.50 and a 4.46. Which one sounds better to you? Again, you will only be able to “hug” the line if you have sufficient upper body strength.

4)    1.60 10 yard Dash

His ten yard dash should be faster. This distance is the area that can be most affected in a short period of time. It can be affected with lower body strength, flexibility, and power drills. The objective in this phase of the 40 is to take big steps naturally. I repeat do not try to force the body to stay it low it should be natural because you have the required relative body strength as well as flexibility to obtain that position. My 40 yard dash did not hit 4.30 until my 10 yard dash was a 1.47. We had a LB we worked with that was running a 5.0 40 and a 1.99 10 yard dash. When his 10 yard dash became a 1.67 range he was able to run a 4.65. We spent most of our time working on our stance and running 10 yard dash times.
5)    1st step extremely short( Next to start line)

His first step was very close to the start line, which meant he was not covering much ground on his first step. This is due to how far he was behind the line. We cue our athletes to take a 1 yard to 1 yard and a ½ step as their body allows to reach out. Remember, the name of the game is to cover ground. You do not want to have fast feet and do not cover much ground. You should get to the 10 yard marker in no more than 7 steps. I would rather have 5 to 6 steps from my athletes. On another note, you have to think of your first step as more of a power movement. You must push off of both balls of your feet. Let’s think about it. You will jump much higher if you jump off of both feet versus one foot.
6)    Body was not in a straight line/ Flexibility or Strength Issue
His body position shifted throughout the run. It might be a strength issue of not being able to hold his body position. You see this a lot with lack of “core” strength. And that includes more than just abs. We are talking about weaknesses in the hips, lower back, glutes, and hamstrings. This is why I like the optojump as it tells you where there are deficiencies in strength and imbalances. When those are fixed so is your body alignment and positioning. Think of it this way. When your car is aligned it runs better. Also, you must remember to cue the arm swing of hip to cheek as well as driving the elbows back. Also, a relaxed breathing technique that pushes air from the stomach as well as mouth we help with tight shoulders. Do not clench the hands or teeth as that will tighten the hips and legs. I am going to experiment with using a brainpad mouthpiece while sprinting as that has been shown to increase power output.

7)    Too many steps to 10 Yard Dash/ I counted 8 Steps

We talked about the least amount of steps as possible being our goal. Stride Length is what the first 10 is about.
8)    Forced Forward lean to 20 Yards
You should not force the body to lean down when it wants to naturally rise. I want you to try something. Bend down and try to raise your knees. It will not go very far as your stomach is closer to your body. But if you stand tall you put your muscles on stretch and have complete range of motion at the hips.

This is not a bash Morris Claiborne session as I think he is one of the best corners in the draft and well deserving of all his accolades. This is just a breakdown of some things I thought he could have done to enhance his performance in this drill

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quantaye Smyre- South Iredell HS

A natural athlete who plays on both sides of the ball. He shows exceptional vision when running the ball. The ability to change direction is what makes him a playmaker. Also, does a good job in the return game. At first glance, his size would be a concern, but plays much bigger than his size. The offense that he plays in really allows him to get the ball in his hands to display his game changing ability.
His back pedal ability needs improvement. There was several times in the film where he was very high in his stance, which made it hard for him to break on the ball. Also, it looks like he played a lot of zone coverage, which exposed his technique of opening up and running as soon as the ball was snapped. He could use his arms to drive back faster in his backpedal. It looks like he relies on his athletic ability speed a lot to make plays on the ball. That is fine for HS, but will not work with faster more experienced WR’s in college. There was not much film of him playing bump and run coverage which could be a technique that is used in the college he chooses to attend.

The ability that makes him a threat in the defensive backfield is his instincts to react to the QB and WR. This is where his time spent on offense has helped him on the defensive side of the ball. He quickly reacts to routes the receivers run and immediately changes to direction to make a play on the ball. He also shows he has good hands to make interceptions and will catch the ball at the highest point. What impressed me the most is he will get “dirty.” It is not often you will find players that play both sides of the ball that are not afraid to hit you. He has a hard hitting mentality that could help him compete at the next level. It will be interesting to see how this young prospect develops.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Compu Sports Radio Interview

On this week's "Coaches Corner" radio show:

Jimmy Lamour of "Pick 6 Academy" comes on to describe five ways to improve the play of defensive backs! He has played at the college level, and at the professional level.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Top 5 College Cornerbacks

Dre Bly

In his redshirt freshman season at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Bly led the nation with 11 interceptions. He received all-American honors, and is only one of five players in NCAA history to achieve this honor as a freshman (Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Bjorn Merten, and Marshall Faulk being the others) [1]. Bly was the only football player in UNC and ACC history to receive consensus 1st team All-America honors three times in his college career. In his sophomore year, he was one of three finalists for the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year Award. Bly held the ACC record for career interceptions (20), until he was surpassed by Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest (21
He was one of the best ball hawks that has played the Cornerback position in College. An excellent man to man cover corner. I can remember his memorable battles he had with FSU during his career. One thing that we knew about Dre, was his ability to play the ball when it was in the air. The confidence he showed while playing on the island was what made him special. And he was unwilling to back down form a WR in hand to hand combat.

Antoine Winfield

He played college football at Ohio State University, winning the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 1998.
I liked Antoine’s game because he was small in stature, but big in heart. He was one of the most aggressive corners to ever play college football. The hits that he made were surprising for a man his size. Many people avoided his side of the field because he would tend to shut down the WR’s he was matched up with. His tackling skills were superb and he was known for disrupting pulling guards.

Charles Woodson

Woodson played college football at University of Michigan. He became the starter after the second game of his freshman season and played in 34 straight games. In addition to playing cornerback, he returned punts and occasionally played as a wide receiver.
In 1995, Woodson was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was named to the All-Big Ten First Team by conference coaches, and Second Team All-Big Ten by the media. He led the team with five interceptions and eight takeaways.[5]
In 1996, Woodson set a Wolverine record for pass breakups with 15. For his efforts, he was named the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and an AP First Team All-American. He was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and named to All-Big Ten First Team by conference coaches and the media.[5]
In his junior season in 1997, Woodson became the third Michigan player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Tom Harmon (1940) and Desmond Howard (1991). Woodson received 282 more voting points than runner-up Peyton Manning.[1] He was the first and is still the only primarily defensive player to win the prestigious award. [2] Woodson led the Michigan Wolverines to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship in the same year. He won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive college player.[2] He was named to the All-Big Ten First-Team for the third year and First-Team All-American for the second year. It was his second year winning the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year award and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Woodson won the Jim Thorpe Award, an award which he was nominated for the previous year
A very physical and big corner. He had the size to play corner or safety. It was hard to throw the deep ball against him since his height would help him shield the WR from the ball. An intense leader, who was remembered for his numerous battles with David Boston. He played man to man equally as well as he played zone defensive. A consistent performer who was known for making big plays in big games.

Deon Figures

He attended the University of Colorado where he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 1992. He intercepted Notre Dame's Rick Mirer in the 1991 Orange Bowl on the final play of the game to preserve a 10-9 Colorado victory and capture the 1990 national championship.
A very big cornerback who also played ball well when it went in the air. A master technician who was not known for his elite speed. He used multiple techniques to display his ability in zone coverage as well as zone. The amount of techniques Colorado used was amazing and he played all of them well. He could play the two hand jam technique, the one-hand jam, the bail & jam, the fake jam and bail, etc…A true enforcer in the secondary who always seemed to be at the right place at the right time.

Kelly Jennings

An excellent cover corner that is very instinctive. He can stay step for step with WR’s because of excellent mirror ability. He easily stays in out of breaks with the quickest WR’s. I can remember seeing Kelly live and was very impressed with the quickness and smooth transition of his back pedal. His ability to turn his hips to adjust to any double moves the WR does is one of the best I have seen. The mobility of his hips and ability to keep the same speed during anticipation of the WR’s routes is excellent. It was very hard to throw on Kelly as his off man technique was just as good as his zone playing ability.