About 49ers PREP
As a direct program of the 49ers Foundation, 49ers PREP presented by U.S. Bank provides youth from ages 7-18 with the opportunity to experience football through a multitude of diverse programs aimed at creating young, healthy leaders on and off the field. With grassroots efforts that include hosting the annual Levi's® Stadium High School Football Series, free youth flag football programs, and free youth football camps, 49ers PREP has increased participation steadily year over year across all programs in all nine Bay Area counties and beyond. While promoting a more enjoyable, safer game for boys and girls, 49ers PREP directly impacted more than 130,000 participants since 2014 and hosted 147 events in partnership with the NFL's "Play 60" initiative in 2019, which encourages children to get outside and play for 60 minutes each day.
Coach's Corner: Offensive Line Coach John Benton
What are important skills that high school coaches can teach lineman to better prepare them to play at the next level?
"Our position in general has struggled with the change in offenses at the college and I assume high school level. The two biggest things technically for lineman to learn are how to use their hands in pass protection and blocking with the top of their pads in the run game. Thinking back to when I was coaching in college, it's important to get those big guys to do as much as they can and be as well-rounded of an athlete as possible. That would be my second piece of advice."
What are your thoughts on sport athletes at the high school level?
"I think it's great! I would go for the multi-sport players every time by default. That's a big philosophy of mine, particularly with offensive linemen. A lot of times the bigger kids are told you don't need to be a backup on the basketball team, run track, wrestle or whatever it is. Instead, these kids are being told to get in the weight room. Sometimes when that happens, you'll get a kid who's really strong, but can't move well enough and the best thing for him would have been to play other sports. They've got plenty of time to get bigger and will, so have them focus on just being a good athlete."
Coach of the Week
Rickey Rodriguez - James Logan High School
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49ers PREP on YouTube
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