UA Wed Practice: Black D-Line

Practice started for the Under Armour All-American Game on Wednesday morning and the Black defensive line was ready to get to work. Read on to see the morning report on that particular unit.

Ends: Demonte McAllister, Dyron Dye, and Melvin Fellows.

Tackles: Abry Jones, Jacobbi McDaniel, and Joshua Downs.

The practice started with the coaches simply going over some of the different offensive formations that the defensive line would see. They were going over their initial lineups. When they first took the field, Dye was at right end, Downs at right tackle McDaniel at left tackle, and McAllister at left end. Fellows came in and played left end and Jones played both tackle spots. All six players moved from side to side.

By this time, it was a good opportunity to see how the kids looked physically. Dye is the thinnest of the group but he's also the tallest and has the longest arms. McAllister looks like he could grow into a tackle. McDaniel looked a little taller than I expected, as he wasn't even the shortest DT there. That was Downs, who looked to be in the 6-1/270 range.

After going through some different formation lineups, the linemen on both sides of the ball came together for some 1-on-1 pass rushing drills. I was able to watch several of them and here's what I saw:

* McDaniel beat Peter White with a really nice spin move
* Jones beat Quinton Washington with a straight up bull rush
* Downs beat Jack Mewhort with a really quick first step
* Paden Kelley prevented Dye from getting the edge on his rush
* White handled Jones really well
* McDaniel uses an excellent rip move to get off Mason Walters and to the QB
* Downs runs right by Dallas Lee with another excellent first step
* McAllister uses a spin move right by Kelley
* Downs beats Washington with another quick initial step
* Fellows throws Thomas Ashcraft to the ground
* McAllister runs right by Walters, causing his DL coach to yell out, "hell of a rush"
* White gives up no ground to Jones
Zach Martin gives up no ground to Dye

Following the 1-on-1 drills, the entire Black team came together for a scrimmage before the practice session ended.

There were about 25-30 plays in the scrimmage and some of the D-Linemen were acive.

McAllister had a sack (on Martin), a QB hurry that caused a bad throw, and a fumble recovery. Dye had two sacks, including a real nice one on a rollout by Russell Sheppard. Downs and McAllister each had a sack as well.

The D-Line definitely got off to a fast start today. The most impressive player of the group on this day was McAllister. He's so quick coming off the edge and as a big kid, has a lot of strength. Downs was the quickest of the interior linemen. Dye needs to add more strength but is very quick coming off the edge. McDaniel looked to be the strongest of all the linemen.

All of these players, except for Downs, are listed as 4-star prospects or better on Scout and they all looked like it on this day. Downs is listed as a guard in our rankings but he sure looked like a cat-quick defensive tackle prospect (although smallish).

One thing's for sure -- the White offensive line will definitely have its hands full on Sunday.

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