Top of Route #ThatstheDrill Seriesby Coach October
The purpose of the Top of Route Series stems from the thinking that football plays are nothing but the extension of football drills.
The details in route running matters. A route runner being where they are supposed to be with precision/patience helps the confidence of everyone involved.
These short videos are suggestions of fundamentals and techniques to help the wide receiver get the separation and confidence needed to excel.
A seasoned coach currently serving as the Wide Receiver Coach with the Ottawa RedBlacks (Canadian Football League).
October is a former NCAA and professional (NFL/CFL) player who has coached/played on both sides of the ball. In 2018 he tutored Brad Sinopoli who broke the Canadian Football League all time single season reception record with 116 receptions. Developed a group which had three players with 1,000 yards and each were selected as Eastern Conference All Stars.
Prior to Ottawa October consistently developed one of the Colonial Athletic Association’s and nation’s most productive receiving corps during his four campaigns (2014-2017) with The College of William and Mary. Evidence of his unit’s productivity can be found in multiple all-conference selections, NFL Draft pick and a pair of NFL mini camp invites. Highlighted by the 2014 Touchdown of Richmond Top FBS/FCS Wide Receiver of the Year in Virginia, 2015 Touchdown of Richmond Top FBS/FCS Special Teams of the Year in Virginia and 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Year.
October joined the Tribe staff after a seven-year stint (2007-2013) at Virginia Military Institute where he coached wide receivers for five seasons and cornerbacks for two years. He also worked with the return specialists. During that time, he helped produce the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time kick return yardage leaders in the Big South Conference’s history.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Richmond, October was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection as a defensive back and earned All-America honors as a senior. Additionally, finished his career ranked No. 1 on the conference’s and school’s all-time punt return yardage list.
After graduation, October played professionally with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League for two seasons where he led the league in punt returns (1999-2000). After a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 2001, he returned to the CFL to play with the Edmonton Eskimos where he helped the organization win the 2003 Grey Cup. Additionally, he finished his career ranked fifth all-time in punt return yardage in CFL history.