A warm good afternoon to you from today’s between-practice pit stop, a Panera Bread with blessedly free wireless Internet access in western Mobile, about 15 minutes’ drive from Ladd-Peebles Stadium. We’re currently working on a story, some video and a photo gallery to be completed following the South team’s practice this afternoon and the early evening media session to follow.
For now, though, here’s a few notes on the doings from the North team session, which finished a couple of hours ago:
Purdue’s Anthony Spencer is listed as a defensive end and as a linebacker. He worked with the down linemen today and got the better of most of his one-on-one duels. In particular, he lined up at right defensive end opposite Penn State tackle Levi Brown and simply sprinted by him to the outside, barely giving the Nittany Lion a chance to react.
Tempers momentarily flared when everal offensive and defensive linemen, including Louisville’s Amobi Okoye, got into a little bit of a donnybrook at the morning practice shortly after a whistle was blown. West Virginia offensive lineman Dan Mozes also got into an ever-so-slight exchange of shoves with Ohio State defensive lineman David Patterson during the one-on-one work.
Texas Tech guard Manuel Ramriez held his own against Okoye and other defensive linemen; the 6-foot-4, 329-pounder showed good balance in his one-on-one duels and didn’t let a single defensive lineman blow by him in that portion of the practice session.
In the course of shooting video of the practice, I kept finding reasons to notice Brian Leonard, the former Rutgers back who is probably most noted for moving to fullback as a senior so Ray Rice could handle tailback duties during the Scarlet Knights’ magical run to a top-15 finish. Leonard worked at tailback Tuesday, but also showed his persistence as a blocker, particularly in a one-on-one drill where he wrestled Michigan linebacker David Harris to the ground after the defender sprinted into him.
That’s it for now … more later today.