East Goes Live in Afternoon Practice

SAN ANTONIO - There was a little more action during the East's Thursday afternoon practice at Gustafson Stadium. After spending some time on special teams, the team picked up the pace and did some live action in preparation for Saturday's, U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Cornerback Gary Gray took something for his headache and returned to the field after sitting out most of the morning. On the very first live play, the Notre Dame commit's hit on Chris Rainey jarred the ball loose.

A couple plays later, it was Duval Kamara getting behind Eric Berry down the field, but Will Korn's pass sailed over the head of the Irish commit.

Noel Devine is the quickest player on the field. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound back took a handoff only for the offensive line to collapse. He eluded two defenders with sick jump-back moves and finished off racing towards the edge for the best two-yard run I've ever seen.

"That boy's stupid," Marvin Austin yelled, as Devine shook a couple of his teammates. All the players get anxious when Devine touches the ball.

Notre Dame commit Aaron Nagel is really starting to understand the linebacker position. He stays at home when the ball is on the other side of the field, which is key against backs like Rainey and Devine who can change field on a dime.

Ben Martin continues to show his athleticism. On one play, he pushed off Chris Little and made a nice tackle on Rainey in the flat, getting the angle on the speedster and closing fast. He also had a sack.

Kamara caught a nice post route only to get drilled by Gray who broke on the ball well. Both guys were applauded for their efforts.

A couple plays had Kamara wide left with Greg Little in the slot. Could look like Notre Dame next fall.

On a slant route that Lorenzo Edwards read instantly, Little was able to switch to defender mode and prevent an interception.

Major Wright had the hit of the day, hitting Aaron Hernandez over the middle, who was led too far on the pass.

The players seem to be getting sick of the two-a-day practices and are itching for Saturday. You hear them asking what time is it, and hurry up so we can get through this drill and get out of here.

Gray and linebacker Chris Donald seem to have a good relationship. Donald, Scout.com's top-ranked strongside linebacker will choose between Notre Dame and Tennessee on Saturday.

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