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Wednesday Afternoon- The North
Mobile is the place to be this week as the unemployed and underclassmen are working the sidelines hard trying to get noticed. Here's a look at Wednesday's practice.
The bottom-line on the signal callers from the North; they do not look good. Kurt Kittner has been indecisive, David Garrard does not read the defense and Josh McCown plays back on his heels. In fact the best quarterback on this team is Antwaan Randle-El who has not taken a snap behind center. Randle-El has done a terrific job as a receiver and looks like a natural his new position. He's also done a good job as a return specialist.
Lamar Gordon again ran the ball well today showing speed and vision. Ohio State's Jonathan Wells ran well showing excellent vision and patience with some power mixed in. Scat-back Brian Westbrook looked good the few times the ball was in his hands. He caught the ball well and shows good jelly running after the catch. Ennis Haywood caught the ball well out of the backfield but did not do well when asked to block.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Marquis Walker looked solid again has had a very successful week pushing himself into the first round. Ron Johnson for the most part did not play like a big receiver and did too much body catching. Dan Graham looked solid again and did a great job finding the soft spot in the defense all day and caught the ball well. He is climbing up charts.
Both players from Colorado looked very good today. Little-by-little Victor Rogers has been more consistent with his techniques while Andre Gurode has dominated opponents. Jonathan Goodwin, Eric Hietman and Kurt Vollers are not the greatest athletes but hard-working tough sonofabitches while Ohio State center LeCharles Bentley played tough all day and showed great strength in the middle of the line.
The quickness and explosion of Larry Tripplett is evident off every snap and this was far and away his best practice. Anthony Weaver spent most of the day at tackle and looked solid, but nothing spectacular. Ryan Sims shows great explosion of the snap but is the kind of player that ,"if he can't beat you with the first move he won't beat you at all."
Like the South, none of the linebackers have stood out. Raonall Smith made several positive plays but did not make a whole lot of them. Ditto that for James Allen while Ben Leber looks rather non-descript this week.
Several of the corners and safeties have stood out. Again, LaMont Thompson looks outstanding against while Rashad Bauman showed good ball skills. Nebraska's Keyou Craver had a day typical of his college career; looking awesome on several plays but then losing focus and concentration the next snap and making a bad play. Both Stanford safeties were solid today; Coy Wire is a tough little guy with a nose for the ball while Tank Williams hits just like that, a tank.