LSU is doing some work in practice with accelerometers to measure the force of collisions in trying to track any effect on player health. One early finding may be of interest:
The numbers, at first, puzzled Marucci and his staff. While offensive linemen led all position groups, collisions ranged greatly from one lineman to the other.
They finally realized why.
“Some linemen have better technique than others,” Marucci said.
Offensive linemen are taught to use their hands more than anything, especially in pass-blocking. Collins, for instance, has one of the lowest collision rates of any linemen. He’s an experienced veteran whom many expect to be a first-round NFL draft pick next year.
“He uses his hands more,” Marucci said. “He has better technique.”
Boy, talk about motivation for self-improvement.