Darnell Stapleton - Zone Scheme Basics and Fundamentals

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Darnell Stapleton - Zone Scheme Basics and Fundamentals


Darnell Stapleton, Offensive Line Coach at the University of Florida shares the Gators Zone Scheme Basics and Fundamentals.  He starts by teaching the foundation of the zone scheme - Start, Explosion, and FInish - and then explains how the Zone Count works so that they are able to get combinations and a hat-on-a-hat in the blockings scheme. 

He the explains their Tight Zone, Split Zone, Mid Zone, and Outside Zone runs on game film with emphasis on various combinations, techniques, surfaces, and finish.


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Darnell Stapleton | Offensive Line Coach | University of Florida

Coach Stapleton joined the Gators staff after spending the 2021 season with Billy Napier at Louisiana, where he helped the Cajuns to a Sun Belt Conference championship.
Prior to Louisiana, Stapleton spent four seasons at Sam Houston State, where he was the offensive line coach and the run game coordinator from 2017-20. From 2014-17, he served at the offensive line coach at Bucknell University.

Stapleton graduated from Rutgers in 2007 and was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007 to 2010 and was on the squad that won Super Bowl XLIII at the conclusion of the 2008 campaign. 

Year School, Position (Record as HC)
2022-Pres. Florida, Assistant Coach/Offensive Line Coach
2021 Louisiana, Offensive Line Coach
2017-2020 Sam Houston State, Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
2014-2017 Bucknell, Offensive Line Coach
2014 Pace, Offensive Line Coach
2013-2014 Rutgers, Graduate Assistant
2012 Montclair Kimberly Academy, Offensive and Defensive Line Coach
2011 New York Sharks, Head Coach (5-3)

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