USAAAB: East Offense Notes

The East offense clearly looked better on day two of practice, especially the wide receiving corps and running back Derrick Green.

The East has a trio of quarterbacks in Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver), Johnathan McCrary (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) and Ryan Burns (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge). They all struggled yesterday due to the heavy rain, learning a new offense and adjusting to their all-star teammates. Today was a different story, as each threw the ball better. Some better than others. Johnson, an Auburn commitment, had the best day of this group. He and McCrary both showed they are dangerous when the play breaks down and they have to make something happen with their legs. McCrary, who has committed to Vanderbilt, has a lot of athletic ability but needs to find consistency throwing the football.

Running backs
Clearly, the leader of this group is Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). He showed it all today, running hard between the tackles in 11-on-11 and showing good, soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield. There's a reason why this kid is a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 2 ranked running back recruit. At 5-foot-11 and 220-pounds, he is a load to bring down and this kid has great feet and balance. Notre Dame commit Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) had a rough Tuesday. He wasn't on the same page with the East quarterbacks on some run plays and dropped a few passes. Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla.), committed to Alabama, had some bright spots running the football in their scrimmage. The fourth East running back, Alabama commit Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) is injured and will arrive in San Antonio on Thursday.

Wide receivers
A handful of wide receivers had good days today, namely Taquan Mizzell (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), Tony Stephens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) and Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County). Mizzell, manning the slot, catches everything and showed speed and quickness in the open field. Meanwhile, Stephens and Robinson are big targets on the outside. Both are deep threats who did a nice job on the intermediate routes, especially working the middle of the field. Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa.) and Shelton Gibson (Cleveland, Ohio/Heights) both had a few bright moments as well during the morning session.

Offensive line
Perhaps the most stunning development of Tuesday's East practice was with the nation's top offensive line prospect, five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). For most of the day he didn't line of with the first team. Rather, he was playing left guard with the second unit. Towards the end of the practice he did see some time at left tackle and played well. It's unknown whether he's playing with an injury and if the coaches just wanted to see what he could do playing guard. Austin Golson (Prattville, Ala.), Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian), Brian Mahan (Randolph, N.J.), Brian Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walton), and Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio) were running first team.

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