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Prepping for triple-option, MTSU is telling players to 'rake their own leaves'

Defensive coordinators everywhere cringe when they know they've got a triple option team coming up on their schedule.

Some staff's devote practice time for it dating all the way back to the summer, while other coaching staffs just use their one week timetable. Regardless of how much time is spent prepping for it, stopping it (or at least slowing it down) comes down to getting your guys to play assignment sound football.

As Middle Tennessee State prepares to take on Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 30th, Blue Raider defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix is reminding his defensive players to "rake their own leaves".

“It just means to take care of your own responsibilities, and don’t worry about everyone else’s job.” defensive end Steven Rhodes explained to the Daily News Journal.

It's just another, more engaging, way of saying "take care of the dive, the quarterback, and the pitch man on every single snap." With the off season here, and clinic season fast approaching, these kind of messages are always nice to share with the rest of the coaching community so that ideas can be adapted and spread throughout every level.