QB Greg Alexander has been working on his mechanics

About how Alexander has been working on his mechanics, especially his footwork, Rolo said:
“He’s been really looking at film, we talked a lot about his release toward the end of the year. The thing is, he’s not stubborn, he knows those are things he has to get better at. He’s open-minded enough to take coaching and to ask good questions. I’m really happy with where he’s at right now.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “For Greg Alexander to improve the accuracy of his arm, the Hawaii quarterback will concentrate on the position of his feet.”

About the importance of footwork to QBs, Alexander said:
“Your feet are really the most important part of the position.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “But a tendency to drop his arm angle became evident as the season progressed, resulting in several deflected passes. Correcting his motion may not be as much a matter of breaking habits as returning to old ones.”

About how he didn’t throw sidearm before, Alexander said:
“I never before threw it from down here, ever. My feet were out of position, so I’d have to make up for it by trying to sling it sometimes. I always threw over the top. I’m just going back to basic fundamentals.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “To that end, Alexander spent the offseason performing drills to exaggerate an over-the-top throwing motion and better “control the nose” of the ball while also conditioning himself to keep his footwork sound. In one such drill, he’d put his feet together, lift up and throw the ball on a downhill angle like “coming off a pitcher’s mound.” ”

About his improved mechanics improves his accuracy (especially on short and intermediate routes), Alexander said:
“You’re more accurate, you get more on the football (and) it’s coming out quicker. Everything’s just a lot smoother.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “A sidearm delivery can also negate the benefits of height and a notable example last season came in the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale against Cincinnati. After the Warriors took a 24-10 lead, a low throw was batted into the air and intercepted. Brandon Underwood returned it for a game-turning touchdown in the Bearcats’ 29-24 win.”

About the importance of footwork on the throwing motion, Rolo said:
“It’s all balance, the whole body working. The throwing motion starts with your feet, it goes through your core then gets to your shoulder and your arm. I didn’t learn until late in my arena (football) career how important balance is. You want your feet to direct the ball. We talk about your left foot should guide the ball where it should go.” (HSB)

About how jumping rope and other conditioning drills will help Alexander’s footwork and experience in the system will also speed up Alexander’s release, Rolo said:
“He’s got to build himself into the offense a little more and he’ll just continue to grow throughout the summer and in the season and get better. The anticipation will help your feet which will get you on balance.” (HSB)

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