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Alabama-Mississippi: Team reports

TheimportanceoftheAlabama-MississippiAll-StarGameextendsfarbeyondthe
bordersofthetwoinvolvedstates.Anumberofcollegeteamsspanningthe
countryhaveplayerssettoparticipateinSaturday'sAll-Stargame.Belowisa
rankingofhoweachteam'sgroupofcommitsfaredondaytwoofpracticeatthe
event.
1.AlabamaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
RaekwonDavis
DaytwowasstampedbyAlabamacommitsonbothsquads.DefensivelinemanRaekwonDavis,whoboastsacollege-readyframeasis,wasamenaceatpracticeand
essentiallylivedintheoffensivebackfield.
QuinnenWilliams,whowas
dominantonthefirstday,wassolidyetagain.WidereceivercommitT.J.
Simmonsmadeoneoftheafternoonsession'sbestcatchesonago50-yard
go-routethatsawthefour-starprospectextendintoadiveforatouchdown.
OffensivelinemanDeonteBrownwasthequietestofalltheAlabama
commitbuthasthetoolstobecomeahigh-levelprospectifhethisoutonthe
collegelevel.
2.FloridaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
JeremiahMoon
LinebackerJeremiahMoonledFlorida'sgroupofcommits.Moonblitzed
offtheedgeandgottothequarterbackoften.Heknockedaballdownatthe
lineofscrimmageaswell.Gatorswidereceivepledge
QuincyLentonwas
almostaseffectiveasMoon.Lentonshowcasedniceaccelerationandalevelof
athleticismthathewasn'tthoughttopossess.Herippedanear-interceptionout
ofthehandsofadefensivebackononeoccasionsandimpactedpracticeina
numberofways.RunningbackLamicalPerinealsogothisshareof
touchesonThursday,though,hedidn'tmakemuchnoisewithbigplays.Healso
droppedacoupleofpasses.
3.OleMissClickHeretoviewthisLink.
ThebiggestsurpriseofthedayforOleMisswastightendOctaviousCooley,whowasthecatalystoftheMississippioffenseduring7-on-7work.
TeamMississippi'squarterbacksdidn'thaveaspectacularday,whichledto
Cooleybeingtargetedonintermediateroutes.Hecaughteveryballthrowninhis
direction.ToutedwidereceiverDeKaylinMetcalfwasquieteronday
twothanhewasondayone,butstillusedhislengthandcrisproutestomakea
numberofplaysduringpractice.OffensivelinemanEliJohnson
struggledabit,butthefactthathefoundhimselfrunningupagainstahandful
ofelite-levelprospectsmadeabitofthatunderstandable.Theday'sbest
performancebyanOleMisscommitbelongedtoJarrionStreet,who
masteredtheteamAlabamaplaybookandhadbecomealeaderontheteam.Hehada
numberofbigrunsbetweenthetacklesonWednesday.
4.MississippiStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.
MississippiState'sthreecommittedplayersallhadsoliddays.
NeroNelsontestedtop-flightdefensivebackNigelKnottonacoupleof
occasions,beatinghimonce,whiledefensiveendDrelanPorterwas
effectivedespitebeingalittleunderweight.Theworkthat
DareuanParkerputinwiththeoffensivelinegroupwasalsosolidandincludedfew
mistakes.
5.AuburnClickHeretoviewthisLink.
MarlonDavidson
Five-stardefensivelinemanMarlonDavidsonwasthestaroftheshowforAuburn
onWednesday.Heshowedoffanimpressivespinmovethatyieldedrepeatsuccess
duringthe11-on-11session,andalsoshowedoffhistrademarkpowerto
overwhelmoffensivelineman.Hisversatilitywasnoticeableallday.Tigers
defensivebackcommitJohnBroussardalsoturnedinadecentperformancebut
stillneedstoaddsignificantsizetobeanSEC-readycornerback.
6.CaliforniaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
JordanDuncan
JordanDuncanwasdecentonce
againonWednesday,evenifhedidn'tmatchhisperformanceondayNo.1.He
doesn'thavethelengthofmostelite-levelreceiversbuthe'sspenttheweek
liningupintheslotandmakingimpressiveplaysatpractice.Davisstrengthis
hisversatility,ashe'snotsowoefullyundersizedthathecan'tplayonthe
outside.Heiscapableofmakingplaysonaverityofroutesandinavarietyof
differentplacesonthefield.
7.SouthernMissClickHeretoviewthisLink.
JacquesTurner
TheSouthernMisscontingentwasledbyacoupleofsurprises.JacquesTurner
playedlinebackerforTeamMississippiandbrokeuptwopasses.Healsofound
himselfinthebackfieldonacoupleofoccasions.FellowSouthernMisscommit
DemetriusMarkethadasecondnicedayinrowandmadeahandfulofplays
catchingtheballin7-on-7work.
8.USCClickHeretoviewthisLink.
VelusJones
WidereceiverVelusJones,USC'sonlycommitintheevent,madehis
markwithajumping,one-handedcatchonanoverthrownballduringthemorning
session.Jonesmadeahandfulofotherimportantcatches,buthisdaywas
definedbythespectaculargrab.Jonesneededabouncebackeffortafteran
unevenfirstdayofpracticeandgotit.
9.SouthCarolinaClickHeretoviewthisLink.
DariusWhitfield
Afterawhollyunderwhelmingfirstday,defensivelineman
DariusWhitfieldturnedinadownrightimpressivedaytwo.TheSouthCarolina
pledgewasaforceinone-on-oneworkandforcedafumbleduringthe11-on-11
session.Hefoundhimselfintheoffensivebackfieldoftenandlookedlikea
totallydifferentplayerthanhedidduringhisday-onestruggles.
10.StanfordClickHeretoviewthisLink.
BaileyMcElwain
Ararefullbackcommit,BaileyMcElwain,madenoisewithhisblockson
Thursday.Healsogotinvolvedinthepassinggamefromtimetotime,catching
theballoutofthebackfield.McElwainneedstoaddsomesizetoshineatthe
positionforStanford,buthelookstobeaplayerwiththebuildand
athleticismtobeaversatilefullbackatthecollegelevel.
11.VanderbiltClickHeretoviewthisLink.
ZaireJones
ZaireJoneshadaninterceptionandalsolookedsolidindrills.He
moveswellandboastsdecent-enoughsize.Hebrokeontheballwellandcovered
alotofgroundforaplayerwithoutparticularlylongarms.
12. MemphisClick Here to view this Link.
Keon Howard
Memphis defensive back commit Tyrez Lindsey had a solid day and made a
nice play or two in coverage during the afternoon practice session. Future
Tigers quarterback Keon Howard didn't perform quite as well. Howard was
erratic for the majority of the day and underthrew a number of wide receivers.
He struggled with accuracy on the run and offset a solid day one performance
with a shaky outing on day two.