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USAAB East Notebook: Tuesday Morning
The Grass is Greener Kentucky native and Ohio State pledge Justin Green made an impact early in his first practice session. Green made an incredible circus catch and came down with an interception. Green had several pass deflections as well. He also had one of the most impressive hits of the day as he stopped tight end Jake Golic after a short gain. Golic made the tough catch and got right back up after the hit. Golic showed impressive hands during the drills during the early part of the session. With Logan Thomas playing wide receiver, Golic and Orson Charles are sharing time at tight end and are used mainly in the slot. Tough in the Trenches The East could have a decided advantage in the trenches. The offensive line looks like one of the best collective units we have seen since we began covering the game. The unit got a whole lot stronger with the addition of Xavier Nixon this morning. Nixon moves like a man half his size and he is a devastating blocker. Corey Gaines also made a first and lasting impression when he annihilated a blitzing Shayne Skov during a trench drill. Not to be outdone was Penn State bound Eric Shrive who almost put "Poohbear" Mars through the turf. Marcus Hall had an up-and-down session as he dominated at times and struggled at times. He had a tough time with the smaller, faster Tyler Stockton. Stockton hit a beautiful swim move on Hall. Mallicah Goodman surfaced today. He was quiet on Monday, but he recorded a few sacks during the live scrimmage. Morgan Moses continues to battle the speed rush off the edge. Donte Moss continues to look impressive off the edge as well. He worked from the left side today and gave Hall all he could handle. Linebacker Dorian Bell and Xavier Nixon got under eachothers skin a little bit as tempers flared. They both kept their cool. On the next play Shrive and Nixon double teamed the five-star linebacker, but to Bell's credit he stalemated them and didn't move. Talented Trio of Running Backs. Bryce Brown continues to look like the top overall prospect on the east team. He has a sick blend of speed, power and elusiveness. Kendrick Hardy had some very good runs as well between the tackles. Roderick McDowell is not an every down type of back, but the kid just grows on youy as he just keeps making plays. Who'll Make the Plays? Three players look like the playmakers for the East, Kevin Newsome, Bryce Brown and Jeremy Gallon. It is going to be interesting to see the impact that these three will have on the game. Newsome may not have the best mechanics, but if you give him a seam look out. Gallon continued to give Jamie Wood fits as he scored three times on skinny post in front of the future Buckeye. Bryce Brown looks like he could start for most BCS teams right now, he is that good. Most of the players on the team are amazed at how good he is. Got you on LOCKDOWN Brandon McGee, Michael Carter and Justin Green all made impressive debuts during the morning session. McGee was in press coverage against Joshua Adams and Adams never got off the line of scrimmage. It was even more impressive considering McGee gives up about five inches and 30-pounds to Adams. The new infusion of defensive backs seemed to give the defense its swagger back.
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