Three-point stance: Takeaways from the Under Armour All-America Game
Making an impression
I was impressed by defensive tackles Rashan Gary, Ed Oliver and Benito Jones as one could easily make a case they were the best three players in the game. That's especially impressive considering how unusual it is to see an inside position player dominate in any setting.
I was impressed with offensive guard Landon Dickerson, but only when he was pulling.
In the secondary, I was impressed with Kristian Fulton for being instinctual in coverage, Levonta Taylor (especially his punt return) and Eric Cuffee for stealing the ball away from Josh Hammond for a big play.
I was impressed with wide receiver Dionte Mullins having a great week of practice and making the catch of the game despite missing the entire season. Wide receiver A.J. Brown also stood out for being faster and more elusive than he showed in practice.
Defensive end Marlon Davidson impressed me by having a strong game after a bad week of practice.
Several disappointments on Saturday
I was disappointed with quarterback Jarrett Guarantano's performance. He turned in a great week of practice but struggled badly and fumbled during the game.
The same goes for wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. He didn't drop any passes during practices, but dropped two on Saturday.
I was disappointed with offensive tackle Willie Allen, who looked like he didn’t belong at this level.
I was disappointed with running back Kareem Walker, who fumbled again.
I was disappointed with defensive back Saivion Smith for again not being as good as I want him to be in coverage.
I was disappointed with cornerback Chauncey Gardner for fumbling, blowing coverage on a touchdown and missing an easy pick-six after looking like a five-star in practice.
I was disappointed with offensive lineman Deonte Brown for being moved too easily for a big guy and I was disappointed with the punters who were horrible.
Linebacker Aaron Hansford surprised me with his speed and how much he likes to hit.
I was surprised that five-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith didn’t have more tackles or make more of an impact in the game itself.
I’m surprised wide receiver Sam Bruce wasn’t involved in the short passing game more often and that the bigger, fast receivers like N’Keal Harry and Drake Davis didn’t get a few more passes thrown downfield.