USAAAB: East Day Two Report

The East practice was live today with several big hits highlighting the action, and a couple players who stood out for the second straight day as well as a couple of new faces in our top performers.

It was a spirited practice today that saw the East go with full contact 11-11 work, which provided some big hits and more one on ones.

The quarterbacks again did well. Today, I thought Gunner Kiel and Anthony Alford were a little more consistent than Chad Voytik, but all three were solid. Kiel continues to be consistently on the money. He also dropped in a couple of great deep balls and touch passes. He can make all the throws and knows when to put more heat on it and when to give it a little touch. Alford, who showed his arm strength on day one, was more consistent on day two. He also showed his athleticism by taking a draw for a touchdown in the full contact scrimmage. Voytik made some great throws, he just missed a couple that I thought he would have made on day one. He had a great one to Kent Taylor on the sideline that he zipped into a tight window. He's also, while Alford is a great runner, the quickest of the three quarterbacks and the best in terms of footwork.

As for their receiving corps, Stefon Diggs continues to impress. He blew past the secondary and Kiel hit him on a deep strike for a score. He also showed his open field ability again, reversing field several times on a short pass and eluding most of the defense and extending a play. He's explosive, sudden and catches the ball very naturally. Right there with him was Germone Hopper, who is one of the best route runners on this squad and also looks very natural catching the ball. He also exploded on an end around, showing us great speed and went untouched up the sideline. Leonte Carroo and Dwayne Stanford both had good days. Carroo, for the second straight day, used his size to go and get passes and and Kiel found him down the seam for a score. Stanford, I thought, made one of the biggest jumps on the second day. After a relatively quiet first day, he caught a slant on a touchdown where he beat the corner clean. He also had a touchdown on a bubble screen where the big man showed a pretty good burst and had a good open field move to get to the end zone. Florida commit Kent Taylor had a great day. He made a nice catch on the sideline and has shown good athleticism and good pass catching skills.

Of the running backs Mike Davis had the best day and was one of the best players overall today. He ran hard and ran through a lot of tackles. He ran with authority and he's a strong kid. He's not a great receiver out of the backfield, but he's a great runner. Brian Kimbrow is almost the opposite. He's a great pass receiver, but has struggled with hanging onto the ball the first two days. He may end up being a slot in college or a third down back. He's quick and is an asset in the passing game.

On the offensive line, D.J. Humphries continues to impress with his athleticism. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but he has great upside and good technique already. He lost a couple 1-1 reps today, which is to be expected, but we really like his ability. Kyle Kalis after a dominating first day, was still good on day two, but not as good. He stoned Carlos Watkins in 1-1s, but also got beat inside on a couple reps. Graham Shuler continues to be very impressive. He's technically sound, has good strength and has rarely been beaten in 1-1s. Ty Darlington had his moments today. He has a tough job as a center in 1-1s, but had his share of good reps. John Theus was better today after having some struggles on day one. Dan Voltz sat out most of practice with injury. Kyle Dodson will not participate this week due to a torn labrum.

On the defensive line, despite the aforementioned loss in 1-1s, Carlos Watkins had a good day. He was in the backfield a lot during the scrimmage, as was Dante Phillips, who was disruptive in 11-11 work and won a lot of reps in 1-1s. Adolphus Washington was much more active today and won his one on one reps and in the scrimmage, beat his man and absolutely blasted the quarterback. Fellow Ohio State commit Tommy Schutt was again a handful. He's explosive, plays with great pad level and has known no speed but full speed in the first two days of practice. Jonathan Bullard has shown versatility, as he has won with both his speed and bull rush. Eli Harold, a good athlete, was effective with his outside speed rush today. Jarron Jones has been up and down, and Tyriq McCord was impressive in a limited number of reps. We'd like to see him out there more, but he's an impressive kid on the hoof. Darius Hamiton had a good day, although he was the victim of a vicious crackback block by Nick Dawson, who switched sides of the ball and still had a defensive jersey on.

Of the linebackers, Keith Brown has been active and has done well in coverage, although he has dropped a couple would-be interceptions. Kwontie Moore also looked good in coverage. The secondary generally struggled today as the receivers got deep and there were a few blown coverages. Jordan Diggs made a great play jumping a quick out and breaking up the pass. Tracy Howard had tight coverage on a couple plays including an attempted fade in the end zone. Travis Blanks had a good day two after some day one struggles. He's very very physical and today, since there was more hitting, he was in his element. He put a big hit on Gunner Kiel on a zone read that Kiel kept.

On a special teams note, East punter Bradley Pinion had a great day. Other than one shank, he was blasting punts all day and had impressive distance and hang time.

Bob Lichtenfels contributed to this report.

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