Figured we could have a place where the running updates from Day 2 of AA practices could go, rather than clogging up the Quick Bits threads that don't continue for more than a day. I won't be around a lot today but 247 has free update threads for both Army and UA practices, so any relevant info can be thrown in here.
So far today/yesterday:
- Baugh has been one of the most impressive with fluid routes and great hands, while Marshall has had his hands be the problem at times. Scouts are saying Marshall has a running back's body rather than a WR, but obviously that's beneficial for a slot ATH.
- Shane Morris (UM Commit) has not impressed, 247 analysts are criticizing his release, and he's underthrowing a lot. That being said, he had a rough season with the mono and level of competition so he can be cut some slack.
- Trey Johnson made a lot of plays yesterday and 247 guys still contend that he is expected to go scarlet and grey on saturday.
- Vonn Bell was praised for how fluid he is.
- Gareon Conley is showing in drills that he is raw in technique, not as refined as some of the top guys, which we knew prior. That said, as athleticism is concerned, he matches up with about anyone and is definitely a CB. This is unlike Cam Burrows, who evidently is not as fast as he should be for his size as a corner. 247 guys are saying that he may get up to 220 when he fills out, which would almost certainly mean a move to safety.
- Joe Bosa continues to be one of the strongest and most physically imposing guys there. Just from seeing some video on him from drills, I would say that if the season started tomorrow, he wouldn't be outmatched at the college level.
- Woodard hasn't been one of the overall DB top performers, but has been consistently good.
- James Quick has been one of the best route runners there, according to analysts, and is constantly getting praise. He and Gibson seem to be two of the most impressive WRs as far as playmaking and quickness is concerned.
- Ezekiel Elliott isn't getting very many carries this week. He split out and caught a nice TD pass yesterday, but this morning he's back to DB in positional drills.
- Lisle has gotten praise for his conditioning at the RT position. He's got long arms and a high ceiling.
- Haven't heard much on Mike Mitchell except that he's playing OLB rather than on the inside where OSU wants him. I saw a few photos of him and he looks imposing.
UPDATE: 1/1/13 5:45 PM
Ok, so today's news is less plentiful, a lot more of the same.
- Burrows was praised for looking fluid going through drills but not much on him for coverage. Good to see that he has the athleticism, though, still needs to work on the hips.
- A 247 scout thinks that Bosa is strongest at the point of attack, and for that reason projects more to be defensive tackle, which I have thought for soem time may happen. If not because he's not ideally quick around the edge, he may move because he can, and because the DE position will be deep for 2013.
- Quick and Gibson are both getting work returning kicks.
- Gibson has consistently been able to get separation and caught some deep balls. One big thing was that he showed excellent route running ability, comparable to Quick, which was one of the things that I felt Quick did better than Gibson before. I think at this point, Gibson isn't as controlled a runner as Quick, but that can be trained, and they're comparable prospects as true WRs. If we don't end up with Quick in this class, Gibson should be a suitable consolation should he qualify.
UPDATED 1/2/13 1:45 PM
Today was a slow day, UA guys have a media day in the afternoon and there are no army practices.
Notes on commits and targets from today, or even just vaguely relevant info:
- Bosa beat Dorian Johnson a number of times with his strength and speed, and beat Michigan commit Pat Kugler as well in 1 v 1 drills. We can assume that he was moving from DE to DT, because Kugler projects to be a center at the next level, and is likely playing the interior. This means that Bosa can win battles with both speed and strength, as he gets off the line fast. I'd love to see him play like Clowney in the way that he constantly pushes the lineman back and collapses the pocket on every play whether he gets off his blocks or not. That's what makes him such a beast.
- Mike Mitchell was a top perfomer at Army practices yesterday.
- Josh McNeil, former OSU TE target showed up at UA camp looking out of shape, so it certainly supports some of the doubts that he showed in his recruitment when he messed around with his favorites and seemed to attract attention rather than just working hard.
- Shane Morris had a better day, Vonn Bell made some plays in the secondary.
- Baugh continued to get high praise for his natural ability to use his body on catches. He has great hands, and I think he'll be a real asset in the passing game. He won't be pure tight end, so expect to see him get play time fast, as he will split out like Stoneburner. From what I've seen of Baugh, he seems faster than Stoneburner was when he filled out, and Baugh is further along physically than a lot of guys his age. He definitely has an speed advantage over Vannett and Heuerman, so expect to see him early and often.