Semper Fi: Practice Day 2 (East Team)

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Day two of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl kicked off this morning and the defensive line and receiver Will Fuller stood out again for the East squad.

Tuesday was a heavy learning day for the offense as much of the three-hour practice session was spent going over route concepts for the receivers and quarterbacks and also working on timing issues for the spread offense the East plans to run.

However, during 1-on-1 periods and during the team period, there were a number of players making their mark.

And one of the under-the-radar players to shine in the 11-on-11 session was uncommitted defensive lineman Justin Moody of Philadelphia's George Washington High. On back-to-back plays, the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Moody was able to dip his left shoulder and get around the edge and get to the quarterback.

While Moody had his moments, it was a quartet of other defensive linemen to make their presence felt again as the offensive line continues to struggle against the size, strength and speed of a dominant defensive line unit.

Michigan commit Maurice Hurst Jr. of Xaverian Brothers High (Westwood, Mass.) had another big day despite being ill as he continually blew up the running game and took on double teams from his nose guard position.

Alabama commit Darius Paige of Foley (Ala.) High had his moments, but he didn't take as many reps as the first day. He continued to be very difficult to block, and even got a chuckle out of the offense when after a big run was made, he made sure it was known it would not have happened if he was on the field at the time.

East High (Brookfield, Wisc.) defensive end Alec James and Brookfield (Wisc.) Central High defensive end Chikwe Obasih, both committed to Wisconsin, were able to chase down running plays from the backside and also were able to get around the edge and pressure the quarterbacks.

It was not a big day for linebackers, but it is impossible not notice West Virginia commit Darrien Howard. The Chaminade-Julienne (Ohio) High produce, who weighs in about 240 pounds, moves well in run support, but he struggled to keep up covering the tight ends down the field.

The secondary had a tough time in coverage, but give credit to Alabama commit Anthony Averett of Woodbury (N.J.) High. He was recruited to play cornerback but volunteered to play safety because the East is short at the position. He covers well but was a little slow to react in run support.

On the offensive side, Georgia commit Uriah LeMay, a receiver from Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) and Notre Dame commit Will Fuller, a receiver from Roman Catholic High (Philadelphia), had big days. LeMay made a couple of nice catches down the field.

For a second straight day, Fuller was getting open on nearly every play as cornerbacks struggled to deal with his acceleration out of breaks and his balance. At 6-foot-1, he also tracks the ball very well and catches it at its highest point. Add on his sure hands and there is a reason he is so dominant.

Arkansas commit Allen Austin, a quarterback from Fayetteville (Ark.) High, was much more consistent and looked more relaxed on his second day of practice. He was quicker to get rid of the ball and his accuracy was improved against the day prior.

Injury update

  • Four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower of Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) spent the last hour of practice on the training table after re-injuring an ankle he first hurt in the state final playoff game less than four weeks ago,

    Bower, an Auburn commit who is also looking at LSU, Rutgers and Florida, said he is hopeful he will be able to play Friday.

  • Martin Luther King High (Lithonia, Ga.) offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw missed the end of practice with an ankle injury, but while leaving the field at the end of practice he said he should be fine for Wednesday's session.

  • Purdue commit Austin Logan, a safety from Florida State University School (Tallahassee, Fla.), said he will not play in the game after injuring his knee. He said it was "bruised" but he didn't think he would be ready.

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