ESPN again televised practice for the Under Amour All-American Game. This was the final practice before the teams headed to the site of the game in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field. ESPN will also broadcast the Skills Competition at 9pm on ESPN2. Here are some of the notes and observations to take away from the 3rd day of practice (the second televised):
Hunter Bivin has the best body of all of the Offensive Linemen on the Black Team. He is long lean and does not look to have a lot of bad weight. Sometimes Offensive Linemen at these games look to have a lot of “baby fat” still on their bodies. Bivin is not one of those guys. He moves very well. Bivin needs to improve on his pass blocking technique but that should come with repetition. He was not exposed to a lot of it in High School. It will be interesting to see how he performs at Center during the game.
Closer looks were available of Max Redfield today. He is all of 6’2’’ 180 with very long wingspan. His wingspan is probably near 7’. He looks very quick and excellent in coverage. He could be good at Wide Receiver or Safety. Max Redfield had good coverage on Sebastian Larue in one-on-one drills. A lot of the looks were during 7-on-7 so it is unknown how he will stand up against the run. The game will be a great illustration of this.
Sebastian Larue did not have an exception day. He got lit by Linebacker Rueben Foster in 7 on 7 and was blanked by Corners for much of the afternoon. Larue needs to step up during the game to show his speed and ability as a slot receiver.
Tarean Folston, the latest Notre Dame commitment, is growing into the position at Cornerback. He broke up a pass to 5-star Robert Foster. The sheer athleticism that Folston has to simply pick up a position is mind boggling. His selflessness in volunteering to play the position is admirable as well.