USAAAB: East Offense Notes
It is usually tough enough for the quarterbacks on day one of All-Star practices to simply get the timing down with new receivers. Throw in the wet, rainy conditions today and it made for some struggles from the quarterbacks. Even the center-quarterback exchanges were tough today, so we'll look to see what they do later in the week when hopefully, the conditions improve.
The East group of backs is impressive and big. Derrick Henry goes 6'3, 240-lbs, Derrick Green is 5'11, 235, and Greg Bryant, the smallest guy of the bunch, is 5'10, 210-lbs. Bryant missed the morning session, but both Green and Henry looked good. They're different backs. Green is compact, has quick feet and a good burst. Henry is a longer strider who can bounce outside and get the corner. Both are thoroughbreds and impressive prospects, but they are very different. Bryant came for the afternoon and didn't get to do as much, but we also saw a good burst and some explosion from him.
Demarcus Robinson was one of our top overall performers on the day. He has good length, catches the ball away from his body and is a good all around athlete. James Quick looks the part. He has good size, good speed and although he didn't make a ton of big plays, he was solid all around. Shelton Gibson is one of the fastest receivers in the group. He made a couple great grabs including a tough one on the sideline where he got his feet in in traffic. Taquan Mizzell is very quick and shook a few defenders badly in 1-1s. He creates a lot of separation and catches the ball consistently. Tyler Boyd had a solid showing. No big plays, but solid work catching the ball. Tony Stevens has good size, but had some drops on day one. Tight end Jake Butt had a good day. He's a good athlete who runs well and catches the ball very naturally. The other tight end Marcus Burke has good size, and caught a few short passes, but wasn't tried deep the first day from what we could see.
Two interior guys stole the show. Khaliel Rodgers was an animal and had a few pancakes in 1-1s. He's a high effort, high motor guy who plays mean and has good strength. Right there with him was Brandon Kublanow who has good technique and footwork and was rarely beaten. Austin Golson, a Florida State commit had a good day. He didn't get as many reps as Rodgers and Kublanow, but he wasn't beaten often either. Laremy Tunsil started strong, then lost a couple reps and may have been injured as he sat out for the end of practice. Ohio State commit Evan Lisle isn't asked to pass block much in high school, and while that showed at times, he also showed his potential in that area. He has long arms and won a couple reps. He's going to get better the more he does it and he had a solid all around day.
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