Trojans' Day to Shine

Tuesday was a strong day for the USC Trojans and other players at the Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Former pro scout Tom Marino provides his analysis of who stood out during the day's practice sessions and who appeared to be struggling.

John David Booty was the big surprise at Tuesday's North practice, showing good accuracy on both his short and intermediate throws. I don't think he has near the velocity of his North teammates, Joe Flacco and Chad Henne, but as I have often stated to the readers of, efficient quarterbacking has never been about arm strength. I felt Flacco struggled with his timing and throwing accuracy today, but overall — with two practice sessions in the book — I like what I have seen. Chad Henne struggled for the second day with his throwing accuracy and appears to be pressing.

I don't think USC's corner prospect and Booty's teammate, Terrell Thomas has racehorse speed — but does he ever know how to play the game. I like his pedal, turns and ability to close on the ball in flight. He reads routes well, anticipates and showed ball skills. 

For the second consecutive day, Boston College's undersized DeJuan Tribble struggled in coverage and did not show either the long speed to recover or the short burst to close on the football.

In keeping with the USC theme, no player in the Tuesday morning or afternoon session dominated like USC's super nose tackle prospect, Sedrick Ellis. He is extremely quick, has strong hands, and once he gets into the "A" gap, he's virtually impossible to single block

Nebraska's Carl Nicks is an amazing athlete who showed particularly well in pass protection. He's very physical while showing surprising lateral quickness. As a run blocker, he showed good surge and was consistently able to finish people in close quarters. 

I'd play some double-headers if I could line up with a linebaker grouping of Penn State's Dan Connor, USC's Keith Rivers and undersized Colorado tackling machine, Jordon Dizon

Xavier Adibi from Virginia Tech has very good foot-speed and range, but I was disappointed with his ability to take on and get off blocks. In my opinion, he looked and played very small.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman appeared to improve a great deal from his disappointing Monday showing , but still does not show the advertised speed and pure receiving skills.

During the afternoon session, South team QBs Andre Woodson, Erik Ainge and record-breaking Colt Brennan were all disappointing, struggling with their accuracy and timing. 

Florida WR Andre Caldwell impressed me with his savvy, quickness and natural catching ability. Conversely, Texas' Limas Sneed played far too rigid, doesn't drop his hips in or out of the break, and didn't show the separating speed I expected.

Clemson's Barry Richardson and fellow southern Carolina small college (Newberry) product, Heath Benedict, really struggled in pass protection and appeared out of place among the O-Line prospects.

Wake Forest's Steve Justice is a good technician and a solid zone blocker, but is going to really struggle with big people on his nose.

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