USAAB Practice Notebook: Tuesday Afternoon
Jeremy Gallon
Jeremy Gallon
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Dec 30, 2008
Bob Lichtenfels


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – There were two different coaching philosophies on display Tuesday afternoon. The East head coach Terry Smith chooses to have his team go hard in the morning and then finish in helmets, shirts and shorts, The West head coach Bill Redell had his team on full pads for both sessions.

East Team

East quarterback Tom Savage (Cardinal O’Hara/Pa.) had a solid day displaying good arm strength and accuracy. The quarterbacks were throwing fade routes to the corner of the end zone and Savage was the most accurate by a wide margin. Aaron Murray (Plant/Fla.) still doesn’t look to be 100-percent. His mechanics are flawless, but he looks like he is having some trouble planting his feet solidly and getting his lower body into his throws.

(Cass Tech/Mich.) defensive tackle William Campbell was takings reps at offensive tackle for the East. Morgan Moses was moved to right offensive guard. Moses looked much more comfortable at the guard spot than at left tackle.

Jeremy Gallon was holding for field goals this afternoon. Roderick McDowell and Brandon McGee both took turns as the deep guys on the return team.

Darius Winston sat out another session with ankle injury. Kraig Appleton had still not arrived as of this afternoon.

West Team

The practice began with the players lining up to race against each other. This was certainly one of the highlights of the first two days. The skill position players lined up to start the races which included Gabe Lynn, Cliff Harris, Christine Michael and Patrick Hall. Hall came out on top in the first heat.

The best race of the day was the big men which featured D.J. Fluker against Chris Davenport. The two have matched up previously when the two collided in Mobile last January at the Scout.com combine. It was a great battle in Mobile, but Fluker smoked Davenport today. Everyone on the field, and in the stands, was very impressed with Fluker’s speed and explosion off the line.

Scout.com confirmed Christine Michael’s commitment to the Aggies.

"I feel very comfortable with my commitment to Texas A&M,” said Michael.

Michael has performed extremely well the first two days of practice and been the best of the running backs for the West. Not much competition in the afternoon session as the players were reviewing everything learned thus far. It was a relaxed afternoon, and both sides of the ball were doing walk-thrus.



Scout.com's Andrew Bone contributed to this report.


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