Oliver Martin behind-the-back catch in practice

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 11th, 2017 at 11:16 AM

This was the catch everyone on Scout was buzzing about-

It's at 1:02 of the video

edit: I made a gif



August 11th, 2017 at 11:24 AM ^

For anyone curious, #27 (the DB covering Martin) is Tru Wilson. Also considering you can see Drake Harris out there as well, this isn't the no. 1 defense Martin is facing. Still, one hell of a catch.


August 11th, 2017 at 11:32 AM ^

When a WR makes THAT catch, it doesn't matter who the DB was.  The coverage was right there - great position that forced a perfect thrown.  Martin made an outstanding catch on a poorly thrown ball.  What does it mean?  It means that opposing DBs are going to have to do better than 'great position'... 



August 11th, 2017 at 11:44 AM ^

Yeah, if the DB turned around to look for the ball it would have been an easy pick. Kind of reminds me of the ND corners from UTL.

I guess the lesson of the day is "turn around, or every now and then you'll get posterized by a white guy when you could've picked it or knocked it down "...


August 11th, 2017 at 11:41 AM ^

use of his hands wasn't, and he didn't get his head around.  He was running into Martin's chest and kind of flailing about.  A better CB would've flipped around and made the pick.  Smokes, that was a badly thrown ball.

That said, nice athletic play.  Even if Reynolds turned around for the pick, Martin would've made it a jump ball. . . for a pass aimed at the DB's back.


August 11th, 2017 at 12:12 PM ^

I am curious if any of you guys making the "DB should turn around" comments are coaches. And no, I'm not trying to be a dick, I'm asking a legit question. I am not a coach, but I do know that in many situations DBs are coached NOT to turn around as doing so may cause them to lose contact with the receiver.        


August 11th, 2017 at 12:19 PM ^

I'm not a coach but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. What I've heard is if you're "in phase" with the receiver, meaning you're step for step alongside him, you play his eyes and look up when he does. When you're in trail position, you're better off focusing on the receiver and getting a hand up instead of turning around. That's probably the simplest explanation, obviously certain situations, where you are relative to the sidelines, etc play a factor.


August 11th, 2017 at 3:35 PM ^

I've coached HS football (DBs included) and have always taught and been taught as a player to locate the ball or play the receiver's hands. The DB in the clip did neither. Also, I've never experienced DBs being told to not locate the ball, but my experience doesn't include all coverage techniques.