Deion Sanders' Assistant Teaches JSU Defenders ‘Will Smith Technique’

Jackson State defenders have gone slap happy this spring – and that’s by design. Seeking new and creative ways to get to the quarterback, assistant coach Andre’ Hart borrowed a page from Hollywood and began teaching “the Will Smith technique.”

Hart, who coaches linebackers for the Tigers under head coach Deion Sanders, wants his players to pattern a new pass rush move after Will Smith’s Academy Awards slap.

Actors need not apply. Hart wants the real thing – palm and all.

“What’s the Will Smith?” Hall rhetorically asked his players in a video provided by Well Off Media.

“Smack. Right,” Hall answered, while swinging his left arm and hand in front of him. “Technique Will Smith, he hit (Chris Rock) with the palm of his hand. Not the fingers. He hit him with that palm right there.”

Though Smith’s Oscars tap started from a seated position and included a leisurely stroll towards his target, the Jackson State coach preaches urgency from a much closer distance. During his impromptu teaching moment, Hart further demonstrated the Fresh Prince maneuver to Tiger defenders.

“Give him that bob, (then) Will Smith his ass and come around with the rip right there,” Hart explained, while sending a tackling dummy to the turf.

Then as he mimicked moving a razor over his chest, Hart brought his lesson to a thundering conclusion: “So gimmie a shave the chest, with a Will Smith and a rip goddammit. We gonna make a sack!”

Moments later, an enthused Hart watched as his linebackers practiced the technique while he continuously shouted, “Will Smith him! Will Smith him!

“Hit him with the heel of your palm. That’s how Will Smith do it. He hits him with that whole hand,” he continued.

Jackson State finished last season 11-2 and won their conference. Should the Tigers follow Hart’s lead, they’ll be poised to pair last year’s SWAC title with a WHACK championship.


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Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival. Follow him on X (@OhioAF).