Some thoughts from the North team’s morning practice:
USC defensive lineman Sedrick Ellis: A man among boys. I opted to watch the one-on-one line drills closely on Wednesday morning, and Ellis was utterly dominant, throwing blockers out of his way. With North Carolina’s Kentwan Balmer out with a hamstring injury, Ellis could be the strongest defensive lineman here.
Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco was back in his old college helmet on Wednesday, and had his best performance of the week, doing particularly well in goal-line and red-zone work that ended the practice. As with many players that come to Mobile from outside of what is now officially called the “Football Bowl Subdivision,” Flacco seemed to have some issues adjusting to the tempo at first, but has shown some rapid progress.
You love to see receivers getting downfield to block, as Virginia Tech’s Eddie Royal did here to impede USC’s Terrell Thomas. However, I reckon Cal running back Justin Forsett wishes that Royal had managed to hold off Thomas just a little longer, since he still managed to stop Forsett a few yards upfield.
Royal did have some nice catches today, as he has all week. He is an intriguing prospect, to say the least, especially given his outstanding work on returns for the Hokies in recent years.
Over on the main site, clock on the audio/video tab to hear from Colorado linebacker Jordan Dizon, with whom we caught up after the morning practice.
Until next time, vaya con Dios … and I promise I’ll make time to get to some of the questions posed in the last three or four blog entries before I go to bed tonight, so keep posting there and below if you want to know what I think of other specific players and other topics from down here.
Time to head to the afternoon practice. More to follow.