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Football Drills to Increase Speed and Agility

By Kim Nunley, LiveStrong, 02/01/19, 12:00PM CST

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During football, you don’t know when and how you’re going to sprint, stop and change directions. 

To excel at football, you’ve got to have exceptional speed and agility. On offense, you’ll be able to run faster down the field and dodge opponents. Defensively, you’ll be better able to stay on a wide receiver and track down a running back. How fast and nimble you are partly depends on genetics and body type, but you can make significant improvements with training. Begin each workout by warming up for 10 to 15 minutes.

Shuttle Drill

The shuttle drill forces you to accelerate, stop and change directions quickly, just like you’ll have to do on the football field. You’ll need three cones. Culver-Stockton College recommends setting the three cones 5-yards apart from each other in a line. Begin at the center cone.