Tuesday Morning Notebook
Clifton Geathers
Clifton Geathers
Scout.com
Posted Jan 3, 2006


Tuesday morning brought a little more competition at several position and many players that stumbled at the start are starting to see the light.

West

Defensive line coach Taihi Jones, in the first drill (a free for all drill), would throw the ball, and have linemen go after it, and would have them fight for it. After that, 30 seconds per player of an iso drill with the linemen to see how many times they could get to the dummy Eddie Jones beat Gerald Mccoy 5 times in the allotted time (30 seconds) and Mccoy returned the favor four times against jones. Eddie Jones, the vocal leader of the defense, said to the offensive linemen "you better get your work in."

  • The West quarterbacks have Jevan Snead and Mitch Mustain looking very impressive. Snead, certainly the bigger of the two, has a huge arm and can make all the throws beyond 20 yards. He thew a five yard out through the hands of a wide receiver and the ball flew into the stands. However, his drop is not as smooth as Mustain who is really snaking a few balls into close coverage. Big #16, who is still wearing a "Play Like A Champion Today" towel, certainly wins the accuracy award. The quarterbacks finished a passing accuracy contest with Mustain in first at 10-of-12, Snead was 7-of-11, and Freeman was 5-of-12 and very high on his deep throws.

  • Freeman is looking much better day today with his mechanics, though his accuracy is still best inside of 15 yards. He does hit the catchable ball window, but when compared to between the numbers throws of Mitch Mustain, Freeman still has some work to do. Of the three quarterbacks, he is the best at throwing on the run.

  • David Ausberry is hands-down the best wide receiver for the West right now. Terrence Austin, however, is the best route-runner for the West and he can fly. Eddie Jones is slinging Bartley Webb and Jake Bscherer out of the way every time and looks to be ready to make some major noise in the game on Saturday. Al Woods and Gerald McCoy ate up the middle, but today they only were able to get a few licks in. The interior of the line looks to be ready to holds some ground.

  • Jai Eugene and Perrish Cox have separated themselves from the pack at corner. Taylor Mays is a little slow to react at safety, and his makeup speed is not there. It could be an interesting development to watch as the only other safety on the team is already playing.

  • Hometown hero Chris Caflish was beating both Jonas Mouton and Stafon Johnson pretty regularly before coming out with an injury to what appears to be his arm. During the first water break for the defensive backs, Johnson was not able to get much of a break as the DB coach pulled him aside to work on the coverage. As of now, he has only played safety today with no time at running back.

  • All three of the running backs are beating the linebackers pretty regularly with Michael Goodson being the best of the running backs, including two nice headfakes without being touched. Emmanuel Moody run over Dustin Earnest on a route.

    East

    In day two of practices for the East squad they showed a ton of improvement, especially on offense. Quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Zach Frazer were in much more of a rhythm and synch with their wide receivers and the entire offense was in just more of a flow. They corrected many of the day one mistakes which are typical in these types of settings.

  • The East team worked seven on sevens, team drills and goal line. The wide outs are making plays and stepping up is Chris Bell, who has been very consistent both days of practice. He has showed a little of everything and he is also terrific going over the middle. Percy Harvin, Dorin Dickerson, Vidal Hazelton, Barry Gallup, and Nate Bynum have all played well.

  • Once again, the running back corps of C.J. Spiller, James Aldridge and Chris Wells performed as expected. They all ran hard in goal line drills.

  • Offensive tackle Carl Johnson is also the second team center. He got many reps in practice at that position and looked comfortable there.

  • Yesterday, linebacker Brandon Graham spent some time at fullback. Today it was Jarrell Miller’s turn in the offensive backfield.

  • Defensively, the linebackers continue to look like the strength of this East defense. They all play in pass coverage very well and jump everything in the middle.

  • The two East kickers, punter Matt Bosher and place kicker Ryan Donahue, both have very strong legs. Bosher was bashing punts with nice tight spirals with great hang time while Donahue was booming field goals from 50 yards plus.
    Most Improved: Two players made huge strides in day two – lineman Clifton G>eathers and cornerback Raeshon McNeil. Geathers moved to defensive end because of the injury to Ricky Sapp. Geathers had a dominating morning, wreaking havoc against the offense. He beat everyone in front of him, including the nation’s top two offensive linemen, Andre Smith and Sam Young. In team drills he sacked the East quarterback and also forced a fumble on Frazer. “I just love playing defense,” said Geathers. “This is what I want to do out here.” McNeil looked really good in coverage today, especially against Hazelton. On three different occasions he had the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver blanketed in coverage.

    : Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamburg, S.C.) High School stand out Ricky Sapp is a five-star defensive end prospect that is an East All Star in the US Army All-American Bowl. Early on Monday Morning's first practice session Sapp had an injury and his status for Saturday's game is up in the air. "I rolled my ankle in a drill, said Sapp. "I went and had x-rays after practice and it is a high ankle sprain, I am wearing a boot and hope to make a decision on playing Thursday. I really want to play in the game on Saturday, this is killing me.”…Jared Fayson did not practice today because of a hamstring injury. The standout wide receiver from Tampa (Fla.) has been nursing this injury for some time, aggravated it last week during the practice sessions for the California/Florida High School All-Star week… Running back C.J. Spiller is practicing but not 100%. He sustained an ankle injury during the California/ Florida All-Star Game last week…Offensive lineman Connor Smith suffered an injury to the middle finger on his right hand.

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