With Limited Contact Baylor Finding Ways to Teach Tackling


The Baylor Bears ranked 9th in the Big 12 in total defense a season ago, allowing almost 457 yards per game.

Many times Baylor’s poor statistical performances came from missed tackles, an area of emphasis for Coach Matt Rhule and his staff in 2018.

“We made a real emphasis on it in the spring and I saw it improve,” Rhule said. “We have to go right back to that this preseason and really work on, not just tackling all the time, but the details of being a great tackler.”

But with NCAA limitations teams are not allowed to do as much hitting in practice these days, Coach Rhule says it makes it tougher to teach tackling but there is a way and it’s his job to figure that out.

“You are what you repeatedly do,” he said. “So If you tackle all the time, you become a great tackler. As they’ve cut back on practice time it’s made it a bit more difficult but it’s not impossible. At the end of the day it’s not my job to complain about rules, it’s my job to figure it out.”

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