There were several standouts on the defensive line for the Blue squad on Sunday. Michael O'Brien continued to impress with his hustle and his quickness. At 1 point in practice, he beat his man so quickly that he was almost untouched 3 times in a row. Both Dietrich Canterburry and Raheem Orr were impressive at defensive end. Each showed the ability to beat their man to the outside, while Canterberry showed the ability to simply bull rush his man or swim past him inside.
The Blue Squads TE's all had big days on Sunday but Penn State's Matt Kranchik had perhaps the best day of anyone. Kranchi is a willing blocker that could be a dominant should he add 10-15 pounds of muscle. At over 6'6 he easily has the frame to do so. Kranchik also displayed soft hands in traffic and does a good job of using his size to shield the defender from the ball. Nate Lawrie another big guy made several big plays and looked solid as a blocker. He did drop several catchable balls though. At WR Andrae Thurman continues to impress scouts with his propensity to make big plays.
Defensively Marvin Jackson had perhaps the best day of any player in Montgomery. He had several pass breakups down field and made 1 highlight reel interception. Linebackers Deryck Toles and Renauld Williams also looked good in pass coverage showing the ability to move sideline to sideline.