Semper Fi Bowl: Day 3 East Recap

The East squad focused on walk-throughs on Sunday as they rang in 2012 in style in practice – and the FOXSportsNEXT team has the latest on who to watch for come game day.

The east squad took the field for the third day of practice on Sunday, and continued to please the coaches.

"I like it, I like it a lot," you could hear a chorus of coaches yelling throughout the practice.

Check out the position by position breakdown of the practice.


Getting most of the reps under center was Miami commit David Thompson. Perhaps the second most went to Minnesota commit Phillip Nelson follwed by Oklahoma State commit Wes Lunt. The East QBs were still struggling with timing issues – but completed a few nice passes between them.


It was a big day for the East squad running backs, as Rushel Shell and Kye Morgan finally got in on the action in a big way. Morgan broke through the line with impressive speed and impressed us with his straight line speed today. Rushel Shell became more involved in the offense on Sunday, and like Morgan, looked pretty fast and shifty.


Bryce Treggs continued to impress us – he makes receiving look easy and made some difficult catches. Treggs and Jaquay Williams returned kicks for the East and were complemented well by Malik Gilmore and Jordan Westerkamp.


The linemen were highlighted once again by the defensive line, which looks explosive and dominating. Nebraska commit Greg McMullen had a great day Saturday and continued to roll on New Years day. Another lineman that stood out was Iowa commit Faith Ekakitie, who batted down a pass and scrapped his way into the backfield plenty on the day.

Defensive Backs

The highlight of the East practice were the defensive backs. CB Ryan Dillard had a great day for the east, including a great pick in the end zone. Not to be outdone, Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning also had a big day and continually made great breaks on the ball.


The group was highlighted by Scott Starr had some great drops, and looked sharp in his end zone coverage. The rest of the linebackers looked strong, but really didn't get tested much – but we think this group could be a pleasant surprise for the East come game day.

Contributions by: Jake Worthen, John Garcia, and Kevin Carden.

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