The offense's G.E.T. drill

BYU fans are well aware of Coach Mendenhall's infamous pursuit drill, which every defender loathes but knows will get them quickly in shape while setting expectations for tempo and mindset. On the first day of spring camp, the BYU coaches introduced the offense's version of Coach Mendenhall's pursuit drill.

"The objective [of spring practice] is tempo," said tight end Devin Mahina. "We're doing a new drill to kind of enforce that, called the G.E.T. drill. It's kind of like the defensive pursuit drills and how you see them do that drill. It's our version of the defense's pursuit drills. It's about establishing a fast tempo mindset right off the bat to start practice. It's not about lollygagging around."

The G.E.T. drill is an acronym the coaches came up for grit, execution and tempo.

"Grit is what we want to have as an offense," said running back Michael Alisa. "We want to have that nasty temperament about us. Execution is doing things perfectly and tempo is what we want to use to just put teams away."

When an offense is playing with a faster tempo, it stresses defenses more and places them in an even greater disadvantage. The hope is the G.E.T. drill will put the change the offensive mindset into a faster pace mode with the goal of ultimately placing further stress on the defense.

"Coach Mendenhall was saying that when a team can do play after play after play really quickly, he calls some of the more basic plays because teams don't know what to do," said Alisa. "So, if we can get defenses on their heels like that, then our likelihood of scoring goes way up. We dictate what goes on in a game and call whatever we want in a play."

As part of the new drill, the offense has to huddle up quickly, break the huddle, and then at the cadence of the quarterback, run through an offensive version of the defensive pursuit drills. The offensive linemen spring out and push a sled five yards, and then on command from Coach Weber, roll either left or right.

At the same time, the running backs have to high step through a ladder drill followed by a roll left or right – on the command of the coach – then sprint to the end of the field around the same time as the offensive linemen.

The receivers run out of their receiver stance and go back and forth through a cone drill. Once that is completed, they rush out and push a sled five yards, and then must finish with a sprint to the end zone.

"It's tough, especially trying to break off the rust from the legs at the start of spring camp," said receiver Terenn Houk. "You have to go as fast as you can and do it right, or else you have to do it all over again."


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