The bumps and strains of a second day of practice at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl left both sides short-handed for a bit, but also gave more opportunity for players to stand out. West running back and Oklahoma commit Brennan Clay looked sensational in the morning with quickness through the hole and speed once he gets into the secondary. His most impressive play was a 30-yard touchdown run through the left side of the line.
On a cold and windy day, the West quarterbacks continued to shake off the rust of not much practice the last few weeks and timing was an issue, although Texas commit Casey McCoy finished with some consistency and a few well-thrown balls.
Another Oklahoma commit making his presence felt was defensive tackle Torrea Peterson, who was disruptive in running drills. Frankly, the offensive linemen had trouble blocking him on plays to the right side of the formation.
The West likely will be down a running back after uncommitted Derek Cole suffered what appeared to be a concussion.
West receiver and UCLA commit Paul Richardson caught the ire of the coaching staff on numerous occasions for not running routes hard enough.
USC commit and defensive back Dion Bailey displayed nice footwork and closing speed in drills.
Additional West Notes: Tight end Alex Smith practiced today after sitting out yesterday. Cornerbacks Mylan Hicks and Shaquille Richardson had nice reps in 1-1s. Both drew praise from the coaching staff. Brennan Clay is working as the first team punt returner. Justin Parker, an uncommitted linebacker scheduled to take visits to Clemson, LSU, and Georgia Tech later this month, worked out in a South Carolina Gamecocks undershirt yesterday and Gamecock sweatpants today. Rumors continue to circulate around him possibly committing this weekend at the game. Chris Smith rolled his ankle this morning in practice and sat out the end of the morning session and will sit out of the afternoon session for precautionary reasons as well.
Youth All-Star Has Familiar Last Name
The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl is preceded this Saturday, by several youth games featuring the top youngsters from across the country, spanning ages 7-14.
Quarterbacking one of the East squads on the 12 year old group will be Casey Vick, a lefty quarterback from Newport News, Virginia. He is the nephew of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.