The Shrine is the first significant get-together for prospects on the all-star circuit. A few players who have stood out during the first two days of practice include:
— QB Brian Hoyer, Michigan State: He still looked like the best quarterback on the field Tuesday because of his size, zip and accuracy.
— TE Brian Mandeville, Northeastern: Mandeville is a somewhat lanky 6-feet-7, but his ability as a receiver and to control the linebacker or defensive end on his side of the line makes him a solid Sunday selection.
— LB Mortty Ivy, West Virginia: His ability to drop deep in a hurry and play physically on the line makes him a perfect strong-side linebacker prospects.
— CBs Bradley Fletcher (Iowa) and Don Carey (Norfolk State): Both looked good Tuesday morning, breaking up multiple passes. Carey displayed good recovery speed, so even if he wasn't quite on his man route immediately, he usually got back quickly enough to prevent the big play. He was also physical on the line against Aaron Kelly (Clemson). Fletcher has better size than Carey at 6-feet, 195 pounds, but Carey plays bigger than his 5-11, 186. The two did have a non-all-star moment, through, as they ran into each other when their men crossed quickly after their release on the right side of the formation.
The 84th East-West game will be played Saturday in Houston.