Austin is Good at Army Practice

UCLA recruiting target, receiver Terrence Austin from Long Beach Poly, has a big day at the U.S. Army Bowl practice Wednesday. Here's a full report on how the west looked on day three...

For the day, Long Beach Poly wide receiver, Terrence Austin, UCLA's big recruiting target, had a very good performance in practice, looking the best of the skill position guys in the one-on-ones. In a series of four reps, Austin beat, respectively, top-ranked linebacker Sergio Kindle, top-ranked cornerback Jai Eugene, linebacker Allen Bradford and safety Taylor Mays.

Against Eugene, Austin threw a head fake and beat Eugene by a good five yards. Matching up against Mays, though, Austin was on a stop-and-go route, made Mays bite, and beat him up field for a 25-yard reception.

The general consensus is that Austin is easily the best route-runner from the West. He was also used on some bubble screens during the scrimmage.

Austin again played cornerback for a play, and showed why his future is on offense, getting beat pretty easily by Ken Beasley. "I've never played corner before. I've played nickel back, but it was still fun getting out there. But I'm definitely a wide receiver," said Austin.

Austin also updated us on his recruitment. "I know where I'm going, I'm just waiting to announce it on Saturday," said Austin. "UCLA, Notre Dame, Oregon, Miami. It's one of them."

Already a Bruin commit, kicker Kai Forbath boomed his two kickoffs during the scrimmage into the end zone, though they didn't do any PATs, field goals or punts.

Rancho Cucamonga cornerback Devin Ross, who struggled most of Tuesday, looked much better on Wednesday, going up against receiver David Ausberry during the scrimmage and breaking up a pass where Ausberry clearly had the height advantage. Ross also looked good in the one-on-ones.

Linebacker Allen Bradford played well in the one-on-ones but in the scrimmage was overshadowed by Kindle, who continues to make play after play from his linebacker spot.

Konrad Reuland and Adam James, the two West tight ends, both had good mornings. With the solid receiving corps the West has, Reuland and James are likely backup plans when it comes to receiving options, but they caught just about everything thrown to them.

Ausberry, the Ross break-up aside, had a good scrimmage, using his size and speed to make a pair of good catches. Safety Jonas Mouton played very well this morning in the scrimmage while speedy receiver Jamere Holland had a quiet morning. Punter Kyle Petersen continues to limp but did kick off twice. He spent most of the afternoon session icing his ankle.

Stafon Johnson, who played both defensive back and running back on Tuesday, practiced solely with the defensive backs Wednesday morning.

In the afternoon session, the heat, which had taken the morning off, came back but the players didn't seem too fazed by the increase in the mercury.

Ross continued to raise his play and is starting to show why he was so highly thought of nationally. He again was matched up against Ausberry during the afternoon scrimmage, and made a great play intercepting a ball falling out of bounds after a Josh Freeman pass bounced off Ausberry's pads.

Not to be outdone, a few plays later, Ausberry again used his height to make a grab over Ross. But the next play Ross took a Freeman pass back for a touchdown.

Freeman found Austin for a 25-yard inside screen, breaking three tackles before being dragged down by Bradford who, after missing on a tackle of Austin earlier in the scrimmage, wouldn't do it again.

One guy who has been standing out on defense all week is Texas verbal Eddie Jones. Unlike the former Laker of the same name who is as reserved as they come, the future Longhorn has been the star both on the field and off the field. His motor always runs and no one is having more fun than Jones.

Making an appearance at the morning session was Herman Boone, the former coach at T.C. Williams High and the man that Denzel Washington portrayed in "Remember the Titans." Boone gave a pep talk to the West squad in the morning before heading to the East practice.

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