Special Teams The Focal Point For East

SAN ANTONIO - Just like the West, the East focused on special teams during their Wednesday afternoon practice at the Alamo Dome, in preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The first thing on the agenda was finding a punter. Just a pooch punter at Homestead High in Florida, Julio Moraga struggled the first two days punting the football. There was an open tryout to begin practice, and Notre Dame commits Greg Little and Aaron Nagel gave it a shot. They got one chance, were both awful and will resume their regular duties.

Irish commits Duval Kamara, Gary Gray and Aaron Nagel were on kickoff coverage. So was Notre Dame recruit Lorenzo Edwards.

Another Irish recruit, Robert Hughes was an up man on the kickoff return team. Recruit Ben Martin and commit Justin Trattou were on the front line.

Practice was more of a walk through, but the skill players did run 20-yard routes from the boundary to the corner of the end zone. They were taught a move to elude the defender and the ball instantly went up in the air. Little and Kamara looked good in this drill. Kamara a couple times toed the line while catching the football. The running back Hughes looked surprisingly good. If he opts to go to Notre Dame, there is no doubt he could be utilized as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.

Things ended with a little seven-on-seven. Kamara was the only ND guy that caught a pass, a nice eight-yard curl.

While seven-on-seven was going on, the offensive and defensive lines separated from each other and worked on footwork and hand placement.

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