ANN ARBOR -- The competition level at Michigan’s football camp Monday brought out an intensity almost as strong as the hot June sun shining down on the rubbery turf fields, including the big house, which played host to the offensive and defensive lines in the afternoon session.
The sophomores and juniors stole the show offensively on day two of camp, as several skill position players entrenched their name on the Wolverines radar, all while a couple of offensive lineman pushed and clawed their way to impressive performances of their own.
Below are the top five offensive performers from day two at the Michigan football camp:
2016 Charlotte (N.C.) Christian RB Elijah Deveaux -- Quite possibly the most well rounded running back of the group, Devoe displayed footwork beyond his years working closely with former Michigan great Mike Hart. Devoe has good size already at roughly 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, looking very comfortable taking coaching with an intense approach to each rep in drill work. In the 1-on-1 portion this afternoon, Devoe got the better of bigger and older linebackers that were looking to out physical him off the line of scrimmage. To Devoe’s credit, he never backed down and was able to create enough separation to make tough catches.
2015 Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice QB Alex Malzone -- The most polished quarterback of his position group, Malzone has an absolute laser for an arm and had it on full display Monday. Even in the quarterback warm-up drills in the morning session, Malzone was flicking the ball at a different rate than the other signal callers. As impressive as Malzone’s velocity is, it was his accuracy that separated him from the pack. In 1-on-1’s Malzone had just one throw he’d like back, over throwing a wide out still coming out of his break. Besides the one miscue, the Brother Rice Warrior put the ball on his receivers, lead his receivers, threw back shoulder fades, each one as accurate as the other, showing nice touch when necessary too. His height puts him at a bit of a disadvantage as far as what offers he’ll receive down the line but the kid has serious potential.
2015 Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern OL Chuma Edoga -- Edoga won’t pass the look test when looking on in offensive line drills, appearing a little undersized and kind of raw at the position despite already holding eight scholarship offers. But as soon as OL/DL 1-on-1’s got going, Edoga was stonewalling defensive linemen like it was his job (and it was). Linemen were trying to work with their hand techniques, moving left or right to get by him but none of it worked, pushing guys back off the line of scrimmage and engaging them until the whistle. Edoga’s physicality is impressive and allows him to stand his opponents up routinely.
2016 Lansing (Mich.) Sexton RB A’vonte Bell – A bit raw in a variety of drills meant to test and improve his footwork, Bell is a big back, standing roughly 6-0 or 6-1, around 180-pounds heading into his sophomore year, but has a burst that stands out. Right now Bell runs hard and straight up, clearly a back that would rather run through linebackers than around them. In 1-on-1’s Bell was a problem for linebackers a year or two older, getting in and out of his breaks better than most kids his age and showing the ability to catch the ball and get up field.
2015 Brownsburg (Ind.) OL Evan Mallory -- A bit undersized but someone that could still grow before it’s all said and done, Mallory is a pure guard prospect at this point, and really battled a tough defensive tackle group in the 1-on-1’s. Another guy that might not pass the look test but is a hard working, nasty type of football player up front, and obvious that his best work is done blazing a trail for a running back as opposed to pass blocking in an unpadded camp setting. Despite that, Mallory was able to turn in some strong performances, standing guys up and making it difficult for them to get into the backfield. If Mallory got his hands locked on someone first, chances were they weren’t going to be getting far.