UA/ESPN; Wed. Notes

Josh Jarboe

Here are some notes and observations from Wednesday morning's practice session of the Under Armour/ESPN All-America game. It was chilly (40 degrees) with gusty winds in the 20-30 mph range.

Here are some notes and observations from Wednesday morning's practice session of the Under Armour/ESPN All-America game. It was chilly (40 degrees) with gusty winds in the 20-30 mph range.

Team Red
Scout.com's No. 1 rated player, Julio Jones (Foley, Ala.) has had a quiet three days. He is playing with tendonitis in one of his knees. Today, he was more involved and making more plays. Jones is deadly on crossing routes and also in the air. He was matched up a lot today against Janoris Jenkins (Pahokee, Fla.). Jenkins, who has really played well this week at cornerback, more than held his own against Jones.

One of the top players on the Red squad has been Joe Adams (Little Rock, Ark.). Today, Adams was playing wide receiver and he caught the ball really well. He looks great in space.

To me, the most consistent player on either squad all week has been Josh Jarboe (Ellenwood, Ga.). He once again had a stellar practice. Jarboe's best play came on a long post route where he made a spectacular grab over Will Hill (Jersey City, N.J.). Jarboe was making plays all over the field and looks sensational.

Another impressive performer all week has been Burton Scott (Prichard, Ala.). Like Adams he will play on both sides of the ball and he looked real good in coverage this morning, as did Charles Whitlock (Chester, S.C.). Linebackers Uona Kaveinga (Lawndale, Calif.) looks tough against the run. He gets to the ball in a hurry. Jerrell Harris (Gadsden City, Ala.), Sean Spence (Miami, Fla.) and Ramon Buchanan (Melbourne, Fla.) all have great speed and get to the ball. Spence has looked outstanding all week and may be the top linebacker on the Red squad.

Running backs Carlton Thomas (Frostproof, Fla.) and Jermie Calhoun (Van, Texas) look like the top two backs for Team Red. Thomas is shifty with great vision while I love the explosiveness of Calhoun. De'Anthony Curtis (Camden, Ark.) has looked pretty good as well. It's hard to get a good read on the backs in this type of environment.

Across the offensive lines Tyler Love (Mountain Brook, Ala.) and Ben Jones (Centreville, Ala.) appear to be the team's top two OLs. Zebrie Sanders (Clayton, Ohio) and Khaled Holmes (Santa Ana, Calif.) had good days today. Matt Meyer (Stockton, Calif.) looks good when he plays. He is battling a foot injury.

Team Silver

All the quarterbacks struggled today, mainly because of the weather conditions. The morning session was highlighted by one on one with the quarterbacks throwing the wide receivers against the defensive backs. The two standouts at receiver were A.J. Green (Summerville, S.C.) and Aldarius Johnson (Miami, Fla.). Both were outstanding in route running and catching the ball, regardless of where it was thrown. On several occasions Green beat Xavier Brewer (Jacksonville, Fla.). He also beat Dee Finley (Auburn, Ala.) on an out and up with a well thrown ball by Nick Crissman (Huntington Beach, Calif.). Chris Tolliver (Rayville, La.) had some nice plays as well, showing great explosion on deep routes and concentration and awareness along the sidelines on out patterns. He beat Spencer Adams (Matthews, N.C.) on a deep route, although Adams did have good coverage.

The Silver tight ends continue to impress, as Blake Ayles (Orange, Calif.) and Dwayne Allen (Fayetteville, N.C.) catch everything in site. Both players have good athleticism and soft hands and are a tough matchup for anyone.

In the secondary, Dee Finley had two interceptions. Cornerback Brandon Harris (Miami, Fla.) was good in coverage. He was right in a receiver's hip pocket all morning long.

Nigel Carr (Jacksonville, Fla.) was once again a standout. He has just an outstanding combination of size and speed. You wonder if he will ultimately put his hand down and become a defensive end in college.

Daquan Bowers (Bamberg, S.C.) was once again a constant disruption from his defensive end position. D-tackles Rod Davis (Houston, Texas), Brandon Thompson (Thomasville, Ga.) and Curtis Cunningham (Littleton, Co.) all looked good against the Silver O-line. Center Braxton Cave (Mishawaka, In.), John Michael Boswell (Northport, Ala.), Mark Buchanan (Austin, Texas) and Matt Stankiewitch (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) and Antoine McClain (Anniston, Ala.) all are getting better by the practice. Cave has shown the most consistency of this bunch.

Silver offensive tackle Mike Goodman (Miami, Fla.) had to leave for family reasons and was replaced by Brandon Washington (Miami, Fla.).

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