Lyerla, Gibson, McClure Standout

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Check out this recap of the second West team practice session from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. A host of players stood out on defense.

The West defensive line continues to impress as a unit at times, but most especially with the speed rush. Jermauria Rasco was completely unblockable in the one-on-one His game should be described as nasty. He was able to blow right past Greg Robinson to get to the bag in a one-on-one drill and then on the next play he he went up against Matt Hegarty,who was arguably the most impressive offensive lineman, and Rasco destroyed him. He uses his hands well and has nice power. Jason Gibson is also still hard for the tackles to handle. He is just too speedy. When linemen get a hand on him he is not strong enough to easily shed the blocks, but sometimes he gets by so quick he is untouched.

The linebacker unit did a great job covering running backs in a one-on-one situation, task that is tough to handle. Colt Lyerla had had two interceptions and Steve Edmond had one. In the full team drills Kendall Thompson played solidly. he struggled in his drops a day ago, but today he did a much better job of defending receivers in space. He also had a nice stop on Aaron Green where he filled nicely and blew him up in the hole. Christian French came in on a running play and absolutely destroyed Ethan Hutson. He moves really well for a linebacker with that type of size.

The defensive backs had s strong day locking down most of the receivers and even on the big plays the coverage was right there. Stefan McClure was one of the best yesterday and he continued to look nice. DeAnthony Thomas looked really strong. He has exceptional speed and can turn and run with the best of them. He is a little undersized, but he can flip his hips and stay on receivers like a blanket. On the flip side Tevin Mitchel did not have a strong as a session as he did one day ago. He got turned around a couple of times and struggled covering the faster guys.

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