CROSSOVER STEP

What is CROSSOVER STEP?

CROSSOVER STEP meaning a lateral step in which the player steps with the foot away from the direction he is going; sometimes used by offensive backs for maximum distance and speed on their first step or to begin a sequence of steps which requires them to cut a particular direction on a particular step, e.g., in the single-wing off- tackle play, the ball carrier might open step, crossover step, then open step again so that he can cut upfield on the third step to the off-tackle hole; opposite of open step; not recommended for players who are near opposing players or for linebackers reacting to flow

 

reference: John T. Reed: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL TERMS