Mark Watson - Southern Illinois WR Fundamentalsby IHSFCA Illinois High School Football Coaches Association
There are three main components a player must nail and relentlessly practice. Route running, knowledge of the game, and hand-eye coordination. With the three, an aspiring wideout will find himself playing a different position. Route running’s purpose is to allow the quarterback to throw the ball accurately to the receiver by creating space between them and the defender. Making good cuts and breaking down allows the receiver to do more.
A great receiver is able to find open spaces in the defense. Being knowledgeable of the game brings a huge asset to the quarterback. A wide receiver's job is to bring the playbook to life. Along with having an IQ, a wideout must have physical stamina, agility, strength, and quickness in order to be effective.
In this course, Coach Mark Watson discusses the drills and techniques he implements to help develop the fundamentals of this receiving core. He breaks down routes in a simple as well as the stance & start. Everything you need to develop your wide receivers is here.
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Mark Watson was named the team's wide receivers coach on June 15, 2020. Fall 2021 is Watson's 2nd season as the Salukis' WRs coach.
Watson served from 2016-19 on the staff of conference rival South Dakota, working as the program's defensive backs coach and head of player development. Players have thrived under Watson at each stop along with his coaching career. In two seasons working with defensive backs at Drake (2010-11), the Bulldogs led the Pioneer Football League in interceptions both years. Drake won the PFL title in 2011, finished seventh nationally (FCS) in scoring defense and 10th in total defense.
Watson coached wide receivers at Western Illinois (2013-15), and in his second season, the Leathernecks boasted three 1,000-yard receivers on the same team, including first-team all-MVFC honoree Lance Lenoir Jr., who set a program record for receptions in a season. He coached Western's secondary in 2015 and helped the program return to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2010.