Day Three West Practice: Defense Dominates

Is this a great West defense? Or did the West offense have an anemic day? Whichever it is, on this day the defense beat the offense in the West's 11 on 11 scrimmage.

Fast and quick west running backs Michael Goodson and Emmanuel Moody, both Texans, had some success running the ball, but quarterbacks Mitch Mustain and Jevan Snead were both ineffective. The best West QB on this day was #3 guy Josh Freeman, who threw a long TD pass to strong, tall wideout David Ausberry on the increasingly popular jump-ball route.

Top players this day:

-- LB Allen Bradford from Colton, Calif. Not a big guy for a linebacker at 5-11, 210, he is faster than safety Jonas Mouton and, if he commits to USC as expected at the game, he will likely be a S for the Trojans. He was all over the field making tackles on this day.

David Ausberry
-- Calif. WR David Ausberry. The tall, powerful Ausberry is a Mike Williams clone and may be the West's #1 offensive weapon. On this day he made a long TD catch on a jump-ball play -- but he also had the ball stripped from him by CB Devon Ross.

-- Calif CB Devon Ross from Cucamonga Calif. Ross is not tall at a shade under 5-10, but he is fast, strong and tough. He went up against Ausberry all day, and won as many or more battles as he lost, including stealing the ball away from Ausberry once in what, in a game, would have been a touchdown takeaway.

-- QB Josh Freeman. Freeman is the biggest of the West's QB's at 6-5, 225, with Jevan Snead next at 6-3, 210 and Mitch Mustain a slender 6-1 1/2, 180. Freeman is the most raw of the QB's, but on this day, under a heavy defensive charge, the athletic Freeman was the most effective.

-- S Jonas Mouton. The Michigan recruit made a couple huge hits and is the natural leader of the defensive backfield, but he was beat for a TD as well on a Josh Freeman throw to Calif. WR Jamere Holland.

Regarding the other Michigan recruits on the West, CB Jai Eugene and OG Steve Schilling. Eugene had a quiet day as the West QB's never threw his way. Schilling has solidified his spot as the starting right guard, but on this day the West OL struggled. Schilling told GoBlueWolverine, "This is a whole different experience for me. I'm not really used to passing blocking, and these guys are so big, and so fast ... it's not like playing against regular high school players." (shakes his head).

Overall impression after Day Three. The West offense may have trouble scoring ... Ausberry may have to have a great day for them. The East offfensive may have more weapons (WR's Percy Harvin and Vidal Hazleton and RB Chris Wells. Time will tell ...

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