BYU Defensive Line Techniques

by Utah Clinic


What gets a crowd more pumped up than a bone crushing sack on the quarterback or a key 4th down, short yardage, defensive line stand? Not much. Want to be that guy who gets that sack or makes that key 4th down stop? If so, then mastering Coach Tuiaki’s four points of defensive line technique is the first step in setting yourself apart from other defensive lineman.  

Key Points:

1.       Slow

2.       Sensitivity to Movement

3.       Correct Structure

4.       Speed and Power

In this video, Coach Tuiaki will walk you through his teaching points and breakdown BYU in game footage.


The Coach

Coach Tuiaki has enjoyed an illustrious coaching career. Traditionally a top unit in the country, Coach Tuiaki now serves as BYU’s defensive coordinator.

Coaching Career Highlights

  • Nominee for the Broyles Award in 2013 for the nation’s top assistant coach—the only non-coordinator to receive such recognition.
  • Coached four Pac-12 postseason honorees at Utah, including first teamers Nate Orchard in 2014 and Trevor Reilly in 2013
    • Orchard was also named the Morris Trophy recipient as the Pac-12’s top lineman and the nation’s top defensive end by winning the Ted Hendricks Award before being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft
  • Under Coach Tuiakis leadership, Utah led the nation in overall sacks in 2014 with 55 and was sixth for average tackles for loss per game at 7.9 after ranking second in sacks per game in 2013 at 3.25
  • Helped the Utah State Aggies finish sixth nationally in rushing (282.7 yards per game) as running back Robert Turbin was named the 2011 WAC Offensive Player of the Year, rushing for 1,517 yards and a school-record 19 touchdowns
    • Two Utah State running backs were drafted during Tuiaki’s time as the position coach, including Turbin and Michael Smith

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Caterory: Football/Defensive Line
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