West Scrimmages on Wednesday Morning

SAN ANTONIO - Both teams are inside the Alamo Dome for practice on Wednesday in preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The West hit the field first for 90 minutes, most of the time being dedicated to an officiated scrimmage. The East was in meetings during that same period.

The West warmed up by position, and the quarterbacks and receivers were together working on routes. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen was helping Miami commit Nick Fanuzzi understand what routes the receivers were running.

The team moved from position drills to some seven-on-seven before scrimmaging. Clausen was perfect in this drill, knowing when to check down, when to go down field. He looked very patient, but obviously no rush was coming. Every pass was on the money, hitting receivers in stride over the middle, or in stride towards the sideline. Most passes were of the 10-to-15 yard variety. He is very comfortable rolling in both directions and can throw accurately across his body.

When the scrimmage started, Clausen was the first quarterback out there, getting the nod over Michigan commit, Ryan Mallett. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Notre Dame commit completed 3-of-5 passes for roughly 40 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked once. He moved around in the pocket well to avoid a sack on one play before hitting Gerald Jones underneath who took the ball for a nice gain down the sideline.

Irish recruit Matt Romine has been getting work at right guard and both tackle positions. In the scrimmage he lined up at left tackle on most of the reps, and the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Romine found himself matched up with Everson Griffin, maybe the most talented player here. Romine won at least half the battles against Griffin, who before the scrimmage told someone he was bothered by an ankle. Romine is on his toes and nimble. Over on the East's side, that has been Chris Little's biggest problem in pass protection.

Michael Williams has been receiving a lot of praise for his play at safety. A cornerback at St. Bonaventure, the 5-10, 187-pound Irish recruit looks fundamentally sound, and Scout.com's Miller Safrit said he was the best safety on the West despite not being a natural.

On the very first play of the scrimmage, running back Joe McKnight busted a 70-yard scoring run.

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