LB Keith Pough and DL William Campbell Lead the West on Day 3
Wednesday East-West Shrine Game West Practice Notes:
Linebacker Keith Pough, Howard:
-Pough might not be the biggest name, but he’s had one of the biggest weeks. He had a strong Wed. practice both in coverage and making plays against the run. He is one of the most vocal players on defense, showing quite a bit of leadership. He looks to have sideline-to-sideline speed and has not had any issues handling the jump in talent level.
Linebacker A.J. Klein, Iowa State:
Klein shows good range back there and is a smart defender who seems to be responding to coaching very well. He shows good football IQ and should be able to make it at the next level.
Wide Receiver Jasper Collins, Mount Union:
Another strong day for Collins, he makes a number of tough catches and really shows great quickness getting in and out of his breaks. At times he is a little outclassed, but he comes back strong the next rep.
Quarterback Matt Scott, Arizona:
Rough day for Scott, he was off target on a number of throws. It was easily his worst day and is a strong reminder how raw he is overall. The deep throws were the biggest problem, but he missed on some shorter routes as well.
Defensive Line William Campbell, Michigan:
Good day for Campbell, he consistently is the biggest challenge for opposing offensive linemen, and gains some penetration on every play. Even when he’s blocked, he isn’t truly stonewalled or driven back. Really looks like a nice disruptor at the next level.
Safety Duke Williams, Nevada:
Williams had a nice day in coverage. He ran well with receivers and did a good job defending the ball. He’s not a top tier safety, but he has the whole package of skills that you are looking for, they just might not be as refined or consistent as you’d like.
Safety Zeke Motta, Notre Dame:
Motta continues to make some big time plays, while being consistent throughout the practice. He will make a mistake or two, but rarely is it a major miscue. He doesn’t have the best coverage or ball skills but they do appear to be playable.
Safety Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse:
Thomas has gotten better each day in practice. He shows nice range and breaks on the ball quickly. You can see the upside and starting potential despite not having great size.
Safety Bradley McDougald, Kansas:
Really struggled in space and in 1-on-1 drills. He did not look fluid at all, and was late to react to the ball. He did do better in team drills, and showed some impressive closing speed on a couple of plays, but overall it was a poor performance.
Cornerback Terry Hawthorne, Illinois:
Another poor practice for Hawthorne. Bit on the double move big time. He was also unable to reroute receivers and conceded the underneath. His instincts and reactions appeared poor throughout practice.
Cornerback Micah Hyde, Iowa:
Hyde probably had his best practice of the week and really showed up in every format (1-on-1, 7-on-7, full team). He really was good in coverage and stayed stride for stride with some receivers on deep routes.
Cornerback Travis Howard, Ohio State:
Howard breaks to the ball well and plays with really good technique. He struggled against some faster receivers, but overall had a solid day.
Offensive line Sam Brenner, Utah:
Brenner had a better day on Wed. though it was still probably below par for what should be expected. He did play with better leverage and wasn’t caught reaching nearly as much.
Offensive line Ryan Turnley, Pittsburgh:
Another solid day for Turnley, he didn’t concede much ground and was pretty consistent throughout. He never really dominated the line of scrimmage, but he didn’t get dominated either.
Wide Receiver Keenan Davis, Iowa:
Davis again looked pretty good, though he did drop one pass that he should have had. Overall though he was quick, and fluid running his routes. In tight coverage he fought hard for the ball and didn’t concede it to the defender.