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I spent the first portion of practice watching the defensive back drills, then moved to the offensive line drills. I also got some good looks at a few select others, and took some notes on what teams were talking to what players after practice.
Alex Carder, Western Michigan: He’s clearly the biggest of the group, much more sturdily built than Scott, who is the same height. He also has the most consistent arm strength, and his release is naturally high and quick. Carder holds the ball up and ready and showed a good pump fake. As I’ve seen on film with Carder, he has a very nasty tendency to stare at his target from the second he gets the ball. His accuracy is better across the middle than to the sidelines.
Lots of notes on the top receivers in the game, as well as getting a good look at the East’s talented offensive line and the West’s talented secondary. Keenan Davis, Terron Armstead, David Bass, and Terry Hawthorne would all be very nice to see in a Dolphins uniform come April.
Kansas State quarterback Colin Klein had a shaky second day of practice and hasn’t looked overly impressive in passing drills so far this week. His biggest issue thus far hasn’t been his delivery or accuracy (although both need work), but rather his anticipation and timing.
Although it wasn’t a full-pad practice, a pair of offensive players stood out during the West team workout Tuesday afternoon. Texas A&M running back Christine Michael and Nevada tight end Zach Sudfeld both showed why they are considered among the top prospects at their respective positions at this year’s Shrine Game.
While Collin Klein struggled, the receiver and running backs didn’t show much, and the defensive backs and linebackers weren’t of much note, it was the day to learn Terron Armstead’s, David Bass’s, Mark Jackson’s, and Mike Catapano’s name.
Keenan Davis impressed, two smaller school receiver struggled, Terry Hawthorne and Zeke Motta flashed, an update on Manase Foketi, and Wes Horton with an up and down day.