Three Useful Drills for Wide Receiver Coaches

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Football Drills

Information technology professional Evan Loring serves as a senior manager with MSDI in Pembroke, Massachusetts, where he grew the company’s business units by more than 500 percent in his second year. Evan Loring formerly worked as the receivers coach of the Harvard University football team.

At all levels of football, wide receiver coaches must take the raw skills of their players and refine them into tangible football abilities. Here are three drills to help wide receivers coaches get the most out of their players.

90-degree cut drill. One of the simplest footwork drills out there, the 90-degree cut drill requires players to navigate a series of six cones placed at 90-degree angles to one another. Coaches should remind their receivers to keep their weight over the knees and plant firmly with the outside foot.

Foot tap drill. One skill that separates good wide receivers from great ones is the ability to keep both feet in bounds after completing a catch near the sideline. To develop this skill, coaches can have their receivers run 15 yards toward the sideline to catch a pass. During the drill, coaches should stress the importance of foot position and completing the catch.

Reach drill. To reinforce the idea that receivers need to reach out for the ball, coaches can have receivers reach around a pole or goalpost to catch a pass. In a game situation, this skill can spell the difference between a great catch and a dropped pass.


Harvard Football’s Winning Ways


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Harvard Football

A three-time Academic All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, Evan Loring is a senior manager at Pembroke, Massachusetts-based MSDI. Evan Loring was previously a receivers coach for the Harvard football team and part of the coaching staff that guided the team to the 2010 Ivy League Championships.

The Harvard Football team is one of the most successful in the Ivy League and all of collegiate football. Its winning percentage of 82 % since 2001 is only behind Boise State of all NCCA Division 1 football teams. Headed by coach Tim Murphy, in 2014 the team recorded its 14th consecutive season with a winning percentage of .700 or higher. This streak is one of the most successful in conference history. Under coach Murphy’s leadership, every four-year player has won a championship, and 99.6 percent of the players earned a college degree.

Many of the players under Tim Murphy have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL. With Harvard’s high academic reputation and excellent alumni network, players also have bright career prospects outside of football.

Pearl Jam Plays Classic Albums Ten and Vs. in Their Entirety on Tour

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Pearl Jam

Evan Loring is a Pembroke, Massachusetts, technology professional who serves as senior cloud solutions manager with MSDI. A music lover, Evan Loring enjoys rock and alternative acts such as Florence and the Machine and Pearl Jam. Active since the early 1990s during the grunge era, Pearl Jam has emerged over the decades as an enduringly creative force in American music.

In April 2016, Eddie Vedder and his bandmates headed back out on tour with a new album-centered approach. Playing in Greenville, South Carolina, Vedder realized it was “Record Store Day” and suggested that the band play their second LP “Vs.” in its entirety.

This experience was such a success that Pearl Jam pulled out a full live rendition of their debut album “Ten” two weeks later. Featuring thematically linked songs, this album had only been previously performed straight through on two occasions, in 1993 and 2006.

Pearl Jam is known for their extended live concerts, and their performance of “Ten” only took them one-third of the way through an enthusiastically received show in Philadelphia that also included covers of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Guitarist Jeff Ament now talks about the band feeling inspired by the touring experience to record a new album.