Saturday, January 1, 2011
Under Armour practice Day 3 blog
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Under Armour All-Americans finally get to show their stuff when they take the practice field for the third time on Monday. ESPN will update all the action throughout the day -- the big plays and the big hits; who's standing out and who's struggling -- so keep checking back for all the latest news from Day 3 of UA All-America Game practices.
Change it up
12: 50 pm ET --Teams are working on substitution packages right now to get everyone in-sync and better prepared for game day. Gameplans should be a little more polished on Wednesday.
Wittek's go-to targets
12:48 pm ET -- Tight ends Jay Rome and Ben Koyack, a Notre Dame commit, appear to be developing into two of Max Wittek's main targets. Both have looked very good so far this week.
Diggs picks it off again
12:46 pm ET -- Future Longhorns player Quandre Diggs has intercepted a pass for the third day in a row.
12:43 pm ET -- During White team red zone drills, USC-bound Wittek connected with future Huskers player Jamal Turner on a laser in route. Wittek continues his consistent performance throughout the week.
12:42 pm ET -- Defensive lineman Christian Heyward is sitting out the remainder of practice with an AC joint sprain. He has visits to Oregon State and San Diego State upcoming.
Crowell showing he's complete
12:41 pm ET -- Isaiah Crowell lowers his shoulders between the tackles, showing again that he's not just a gamebreaker with speed but a complete back.
The next Tebow
12:35 pm ET -- Florida-bound quarterback Jeff Driskel showed his great athleticism outside the pocket, tucking the ball and running for about 10 yards during team drills. Some of the Red team players are affectionately calling Driskel "Tebow."
12:31 pm ET -- Athlete Quan Bray, who is listed on the Under Armour roster as a wide receiver, is taking some more reps at running back in place of Mike Bellamy, who is out with an injury. Florida State commit Giorgio Newberry, rated as an offensive lineman, is taking reps along the defensive line and performing well.
Red team OL vs. DLSmooth adjustment
12:29 pm ET -- One-time Florida commit Ryan Shazier, who is now set for Ohio State, is really adjusting well to the linebacker position, standing up and playing a two-point stance. He's letting his athleticism and great range take over.
12:28 pm ET -- Defensive line has dominated the first 10 minutes of team drills for the Red team.
12:24 pm ET -- Jamal Turner, while looking raw at times, continues to mask his inexperience at receiver with great athleticism and ball skills. The future Huskers player is just a natural athlete.
Red team LB Travis Hughes, a North Carolina commit, injured his wrist and is going to get X-rays.
Mr. O'Reilly meet Mr. Smith
Watch this block Keelin Smith makes on Thomas O'Reilly about 13 seconds in.
Hart vs. Miller
12:06 pm ET -- Florida State commit Bobby Hart stalemated future Buckeyes player Steve Miller on a bull rush. Texas commit Christian Westerman has admittedly struggled during one-on-ones, but looked good against Greg Townsend Jr. Miami-bound Anthony Chickillo continues to perform well.
Sound swim moves
12:02 pm ET -- Oklahoma commit Jordan Phillips and Xzavier Dickson have been technically sound with their swim moves during one-on-ones.
12:01 pm ET -- Kiehl Frazier, who is headed to Auburn, threw his best pass of the week on a dart to Eli Rogers in a crease in the zone.
11:55 am ET -- RB Bellamy is out of pads at the moment. He was shaken up on a helmet-to-helmet collusion a few minutes ago. He is still staying involved with the team by snapping the ball to his quarterbacks during drills.
11:51 am ET -- Smith lit up future Auburn offensive lineman O'Reilly on a kick return. The play drew the biggest reaction of the day from the entire group of players.
Devon's diving catch Devon Blackmon beats Nick Waisome for a touchdown with a diving catch.
Strong father figure
11:41 am ET -- Rogers said he wanted to leave Miami and that the new staff never contacted him. He also stated that Louisville coach Charlie Strong is like a father figure, and he predicts big things in the Big East.
Sanders working with Red team DBs
Deion Sanders instructs Red team DBs Marqise Lee, Robenson Therezie, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Waisome.
Block of the day
11:26 am ET -- Tar Heels commit Kiaro Holts made the block of the day so far. He pancaked two defensive linemen with a strong drive block. It was crushing.
11:25 am ET -- Michael Thomas used his size advantage over Josh Turner at the line of scrimmage when the Texas commit tried to jam him. Thomas bullied past him for the catch. Safety Erique Florence does everything well. He is physical and strong in coverage and has good ball skills. Rogers did lay out for a catch against Florence. Rogers showed a little of that Miami-area swagger, spiking the ball after the play.
Bellamy doing better
11:24 am ET -- Bellamy is definitely having a much better day. He's taken three of his first four runs for what would have been touchdowns. He's still struggling a bit to make yardage after contact, however.
Region dinged up
11:22 am ET -- Offensive lineman Spencer Region is visibly favoring his right knee. A linebacker rolled up on him. He's limping around.
11:21 am ET -- LSU-bound wide receiver Jarvis Landry is perhaps the most well-rounded wide receiver down here. He's physical and much stronger than we thought and has great hands. We thought he was a quicker slot guy, but he's much more complete than that.
Sunseri showing good instincts
11:19 am ET -- Alabama linebacker commit Vinnie Sunseri is showing great instincts and the ability to quickly plug a running lane. Oregon commit Tacoi Sumler's hands and route running are extremely underrated.
Miller, Johnson, Bellamy shining
11:16 am ET -- Future Buckeyes defensive end Miller has made two great plays on inside run drills. Tennessee linebacker commit A.J. Johnson has been the most consistent player through early reps on the White team. Bellamy, a Clemson commit, is making up for his rough Sunday with his most explosive play so far. He burst through the line on a draw play that would have been six. He was untouched through the hole, so fast.
Bray struggling with press coverage
11:15 am ET -- Marcus Roberson looked good in press coverage. He impeaded Bray's release off the line, really stalemated him, something Bray could struggle with early on at receiver.
Waisome beat by Rogers
11:14 am ET -- Florida State pledge Waisome has had a great couple of days so far, but Louisville's Rogers blew past him in one-on-ones. Alabama commit Clinton-Dix has been extremely physical with receivers during one-on-ones.
Grant has more than speed
11:11 am ET -- Ohio State-bound corner Doran Grant continues to show that he's just not a quick, cover guy, consistently pressing and rerouting receivers at the line of scrimmage. Its something we questioned coming into the week, but he's proving it's a strength. Florida commit De'Ante Saunders has been very impressive. Stanford running back recruit Amir Carlisle is actually looking great at receiver.
USC in the house
11:09 am ET -- Kicker Andre Heidari is making what he called a "fashion statement" with maroon and yellow USC socks.
11:02 am ET -- Georgia wide receiver commit Justin Scott-Wesley spent about a minute talking with Turner, who is headed to Nebraska, about his footwork after he struggled with a slant-and-go route. Turner was extremely receptive to the coaching saying, "Thanks, coach," to Scott-Wesley with a smile.
White team LB drills
LBs Johnson, Anthony Wallace, James Vaughters and Stephone Anthony show off their skills in coverage.
Smith at safety
11:05 am ET -- Smith is definitely is a safety in our eyes, despite playing some corner in high school. Don't know if the future Seminoles player has the hips to stick at corner but could see some time at nickel. Linebacker Vaughters, a Stanford commit, is doing well matching up against backs in one-on-ones. Very good test for these linebackers against quicker running backs such as Bellamy.
11:00 am ET -- Athlete Bray has been running great routes on the stop-and-goes. Two coaches made it a point to tell the other wide receivers, "That's how it's done."
10:48 a.m. ET -- Uncommitted running backs Crowell and Savon Huggins have received a lot of work in the morning drills.
Coaching up Red team
Steve Mariucci jumps right in and starts coaching up his Red team.
Eight to announce during game
DE Townsend, ATH Blackmon, S Jabari Gorman, DE Dickson, CB Grant, OG Marcus Jackson, ATH Bray and S Roberson will be announcing during the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Crowell still strong
10:27 am ET -- Crowell doesn't look like the two days of practice have effected his legs at all. He's showing great quickness and burst through the hole.
Diggs looks comfortable
10:24 am ET -- Diggs looks great as a nickel corner and is really comfortable playing in the box, taking away underneath routes. It will probably be his role early on at Texas.
Blackmon keeping everyone in suspense
10:12 a.m. ET -- Blackmon, one of the standouts so far this week, says he knows which school he will select during Wednesday's game but is going to "wait to tell everyone". USC, UCLA and Oregon are his finalists.
Mariucci arrives, Sanders jumps in
10:08 a.m. ET -- Former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions coach Mariucci has arrived and is taking part in Monday's practice. He has been impressed with what he has seen thus far. Future Hall of Famer Sanders is also at the Wide World of Sports for today's session and jumped right in with the cornerbacks, teaching proper technique.
10:08 a.m. ET -- INJURY UPDATES: LSU commit La'El Collins is back after spraining his ankle on Day 1. However, WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Notre Dame commit DaVaris Daniels (hand), as well as Utah commit CB Ryan Henderson are day-to-day.