Cory Johnsen is a local athlete from Aberdeen, SD, who went on to play in college at St. Cloud State University. He has been a dominant force at the Nose Guard position for many years with the Sioux Falls Storm. Cory coaches with RPF, and he has coached at Augustana College, working with their defensive line.
Rachman Crable brings college and pro-experience from many different levels. Rachman played D1 football at Ball State, then bounced around with NFL teams and Arena Football teams. He has played with the Sioux Falls Storm for five years. He has tremendous football ability and intelligence, and having Rachman playing is like having another coach on the field. Rachman coaches with RPF and also assisted Augustana's staff last year with the defensive line. Both coaches are well-loved and respected by the athletes they train at RPF!
What are the most important qualities in a defensive lineman?
Cory: Work Ethic! ‘Want To’! Toughness! Athletes display those by working their butt off during drills and practice, so during the game it comes easy and natural.
What advice would you give a young athlete who someday wants to play at your position?
Rachman: Pay attention to people playing your position, either on your team or another. Always be a willing learner and a resilient worker.
Cory: The key to being a successful defensive lineman is first, work ethic, then combine that with a good base set of DLine skills, and implement some special skills to complement the fundamentals, and you will have success!
Why should athletes come to the OLine/DLine Challenge Clinic?
Cory: Athletes should come to this clinic to learn the small key features and skills of being a defensive lineman. We will help athletes learn the key components to the position that a regular coach just does not have the time to implement.
Riggs Premier Football is offering the position clinics to give athletes the chance to do focused work on the fundamentals of every position. It is difficult during the regular season to do one-on-one work with athletes during regular practices, so the clinics will allow for specialized coaching and careful attention to fundamentals and skill development. It is a great opportunity for athletes to build their abilities and confidence before the season. Be sure to stay tuned for the next round of advice from our OLine coaches!