The pass rush is all about angles. And few defensive players have seen it from as many angles as former NFL and current CFL player Craig Roh.
An Arizona native who was a two-time First Team All-State choice and named the Gatorade Player of the Year in his senior season at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Roh has been a dominant defensive lineman at every level. He committed to Michigan in 2009 as the No. 48 ranked player in his class and recorded 148 total tackles (26.5 tackles for loss) while being named an All Big Ten Team selection in his junior and senior seasons.
Roh, who's playing in his 8th professional season with the CFL's Toronto Argonaut, has been actively sharing his secrets to playing on the Defensive Line on Twitter since June of 2020. In fact, he hasn't just written the book on pass rushing, he's currently writing the bible on the subject.
Of the thousands of tweets and chapters Roh has written to help young defensive linemen learn the art of pressuring the quarterback, we've picked a few of our favorites.
Here is our list of the best tips from an essential follow for football prospects on Twitter, @craigroh:
Pay Attention To Where Your Thumbs Are
When the offensive lineman is below your waist, press them into the ground. Turn your hands with thumbs pointed down to push a lineman or tight-end into the ground when they attempt a cut block.
Alternatively, when a linemen is upright and you are trying to gain leverage, rotate your hands and punch upwards with your thumbs aimed up to connect with their torso.
Fire With Your Hands And Hips First