Benjamin Albert - Duke Defensive Lineby Lauren's First and Goal
5 things in 5 Seconds
Success on the field can be determined within the first 5 seconds of a snap.
The average play is 5 seconds long and you must accomplish these 5 things no matter what the call is, no matter what position you are in.
The “55” is universal. It is a Blue Devil’s mantra. It is representative of not only how they attack the game, but life. It is one of the main pillars of David Cutcliff’s culture at Duke, and it is preached by his coaching staff and lived by his players.
What are these 5 things that must happen every 5 second play? Here they are:
Alignment- As a defensive player, generally the captain yells out adjustments and the remaining players align themselves accordingly and it's crucial to the play's success.
Assignment- Each player has a designated assignment that they must obtain. Failing to do so can lead to the offense taking advantage of the let down.
Effort- No play can be successful without effort. It's tremendously important to give everything you have on every down and every snap.
Execution- Successfully completing the top 3 will not only benefit the individual but the team as a whole. It leads to opportunities for teammates. Collapsing the pocket, making the QB scramble, force a bad throw etc.
Finish- Coaches preach about always finishing the play until the whistle blows. Make the tackle, get a sack, force a fumble, force an interception or incomplete pass.
Among the “55 philosophy” there are many drills that can help your defense line execute the 5 things in 5 seconds. From blocking techniques to pass rush game film and Inside/outside reads. Introducing Benjamin Albert!
**DUKE DEFENSIVE LINE PLAY TRAINING**
In this course, Coach Benjamin Albert, defensive line coach of Duke University, goes in depth in the alignment, assignment, and defensive line drill he uses while he coaches.
Simply click the ‘Book This Course’ button at the top right of this page and you’ll immediately be logged into the training with full access. You’ll hit the ground running and begin improving your defense line today!
Coach Benjamin Albert joined the Duke staff in February, 2016, and serves as the program’s Co-Defensive Coordinator and defensive line coach. Albert was Duke’s Associate Defensive Coordinator for two seasons before being elevated into his current role in February, 2018.
Last season, Albert mentored defensive ends Victor Dimukeje (second team) and Chris Rumph II (third team) to All-ACC honors, while also seeing linebacker Koby Quansah receive third team praise. The Blue Devils, led by those three, were fifth in the ACC and 40th in the country in pass efficiency defense and finished tied for sixth in the ACC and 18th in the nation in sacks per game. The defensive unit also came in 31st in the country and eighth in the ACC in tackles for loss and 25th in the nation and third in the ACC in opponent first downs