Tuesday Practice Recap - West

The East-West Shrine game practice resumed Tuesday afternoon as the all-stars from the West team competed in full pads for the first time, led by former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer. Find out which players stood out in front of scouts and personnel as all 32 NFL teams were represented.

The quarterback trio of Kansas' Todd Reesing, BYU's Max Hall and Eastern Washington's Matt Nicholas showed what they could do in front of members of all 32 NFL teams, including the likes of Bill Parcels and Jack Del Rio.

- Hall possesses the best arm of the three. He has the arm strength to make all of the throws and is very accurate. Motion is not as effortless of Skelton of the East, but just as the potential knock on him will be size as he doesn't appear to be as tall as the 6'1" listed on the roster.

-Todd Reesing showed improvement from yesterday where he was downright awful, to a moderately bad performance today. He is too short and does not have near enough accuracy to overcome his lack of height and arm strength.

-Matt Nicholas has the size and arm, but has been inconsistent throughout the first two days. He has the ability to make all the throws, but doesn't put it all together nearly enough.


The running backs are hard to gauge due to the lack of hitting, but Keith Toston of Oklahoma State and Dimitri Nance of Arizona State both showed flashes. They were a bit inconsistent and did miss some holes.

As a whole, the West wide outs had a bit of a rough day as they dropped more and didn't get as much separation as yesterday. A couple guys that stood out were Seyi Ajirotutu from Fresno State, as he possesses a big 6'3" 210 lb. frame, and has good playmaking ability, Emmanuel Sanders from SMU is a guy that appears destined to play slot on Sundays and has done nothing to hurt his case.

As for the tight ends, Riar Geer from Colorado and Dennis Pitta from BYU both showed good route running ability and hands, and they both appear to be solid downfield threats.

One on One drills were featured today to gauge the offensive and defensive lines. For the offensive line, Texas Tech tackle Brandon Carter, TCU tackle Marshall Newhouse both stood out. They both possess good footwork, along with strength and size.

On the other side of the ball, defensive end James Ruffin from Northern Iowa and Jeffery Fitzgerald from Kansas State showed off speed and strength coming around from the end. Tackles Jaron Baston from Missouri and Ekom Udofia from Stanford make a great pair, and are both very hard to block with just one man, consistently getting a solid push and distrupting plays.

For the secondary it was the Darrell Stuckey show. The safety from Kansas showed good footwork during drills and did well against both the run and pass all day. He is a bit undersized at 6'0", 205 lbs., but can flat out play the game of football.

Jags Illustrated Top Stories