During the morning session, Michigan quarterback commitment Ryan Mallett spent time focusing on his footwork and throwing on the move. The youngster proved to be a quick study, taking very well to the expert tutelage of quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. Mallet began rolling out and firing perfect passes on deep outs to the sideline. He has good feet and quickness for a kid his size and improved noticeably at throwing on the roll as the morning went along. Mallett's passes were even more crisp and on target during the 1-on-1 session. His best pass was a perfect deep ball down the middle that was dropped.
Two corner prospects drew a great deal of attention on the defensive side thanks to their strong performances. Butler, North Carolina junior Robert Blanton was all over the receivers during seven-on-seven. He made several great breaks on the ball and was physical with the wideouts. Chester, South Carolina senior Marquis Coleman wasn't far behind Blanton in ball-hawking ability. The 6-0, 175-pounder does not have much experience at cornerback, but he learned quickly and only allowed one short completion to his side of the field. He is raw though and is still learning to read routes and turn quickly, but he does have good recovery speed.
The pair continued their excellence in one-on-one drills. Coleman made a great break on the ball on a post route and laid out to break it up. Blanton, though, was the best of the bunch. The DB's were receiving constant instruction about reading drops and anticipating. Blanton proved he was a quick study. One play after being told what he was doing incorrectly, he read a three-step drop and jumped a short route beautifully. Eugene Clifford later did the same for an interception. Clifford also covered a deep ball well and broke it up, showing good ball skills. Although he was better today, he still looks much more natural at safety than doing one-on-one drills at cornerback.
Later in the session, Clifford was beaten cleanly by Michigan commitment James Rogers on a deep ball. Rogers twice beat his man on deep routes, showing excellent burst. (He would later prove just how much speed he had when he annihilated the field to win Smokehouse award for the camps fastest receiver. The closest opponent was three yards back!) He also made a great adjustment on one long ball, switching shoulders (from inside to out) to make a beautiful grab. He looked sure handed on the underneath routes as well.
The afternoon saw the lineman once again take the field for one-on-ones. For the second day in a row, Michigan commit Ryan VanBergen stole the show. He was unstoppable, displaying great quickness and an array of rush moves. On his last rep of the day an opponent finally got the best of him. The offensive lineman got his hands on VanBergen causing the Whitehall standout's feet to slip out from under him (the wet grass probably had something to do with it as well). That marked the first time all week he did not get to the QB in one-on-ones.
As for the offensive line, Stefan Wisnewski showed that he is technically sound, and his mobility stood out as well.
J.B. Shugarts was stronger Tuesday than Wednesday, but he again showed that he has a ton of potential.
For more on Wednesday's session, check out GoBlueWolverine's previous report
on strong finishers.