The M-Drill trains the defensive back technique of breaking towards the line of scrimmage from a backpedal.
From a single line on the sideline, the first player in the line begins the drill by backpedaling to the next 5-yard stripe and then planting their front foot away from the direction they are going to break. After planting, the player should move at a 45-degree angle, pushing hard off the planted foot and moving back toward the original line. Repeat the procedure for an area of 15 yards.
Coaching point: Stay low in the backpedal, feet no wider than 6 inches. Make sure the toe is turned at a 45-degree angle away from the direction you are going to break.
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