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Shrine Game Notes: HOF Bloodlines


Throughout the week, is on the scene in St. Petersburg, Florida for three days of practices for the 92nd East-West Shrine Game. Each day, we'll keep a running log of what we're seeing on the field, with help from NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline of

Here are our notes from Day Two of the East-West Shrine Game practices ...

East Practice*

9:49 A.M.: It's a beautiful morning in St. Pete and a great day for practice. Temps in the high 70s. The scouts are out and about here at Shorecrest Prep. - Alex Smith

9:50 A.M.: Auburn wide receiver Tony Stevens has had a good two days. He's quick, shows good burst. Runs crisp routes. - Tony Pauline

9:56 A.M.: It's time for defensive backs versus wide receivers one on one. Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas is a player Tony likes on film. We've seen him make some plays. Drew Morgan, a 6-foot wide receiver from Arkansas, can be a slot receiver. He's an exceptional route runner. Meanwhile, Purdue's DeAngelo Yancey is a good player. Going back to Tony Stevens from Auburn, he may not be quick off the line, but he's fast. Nice deep corner route. - AS

Over on the other side of field, Drake tight end Eric Saubert is back at it. He had a good day on Monday and is picking up where he left off. - TP

Pittsburgh's Scott Orndoff and LSU's Colin Jeter look like NFL tight ends. They have the size and have shown good hands this week. - AS

10:05 A.M.: Offensive coordinator Duce Staley is talking trash to the DBs after drills. "We won again, we won again!" Interesting to see him this vocal working with the entire offense. It's certainly a bit of a different role than what he's been able to do with the Eagles as the running backs coach. It's fun to see. - AS

10:10 A.M.: It's time for special teams drills. Thomas, the Michigan safety, is long snapping by putting one knee down and overhand-throwing the ball backwards. Whatever works, I guess. You have to love the hustle. - AS

10:22 A.M.: Team drills are underway. Notre Dame LB James Onwualu can look very good at times, but I'm still waiting to see him put it all together. Fellow linebacker Javancy Jones from Jackson State is a very good run stopper, but he needs a little work in coverage. - TP

10:51 A.M.: Saubert shows up in team drills again. Tony says he's the best catching tight end here, and it's not really close. He seems to have natural ability and just snags it out of the air. - AS

10:56 A.M: Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen makes a great throw to receiver Quincy Adeboyejo from Ole Miss. He uses his hands to go up and get the ball. Very athletic and a good play all around. - AS

10:57 A.M.: Trey Hendrickson, a defensive end from Florida Atlantic, is working around offensive linemen with ease. He's showing off a very good spin move, among other bull rush options. - AS

11:09 A.M.: Hendrickson still looks great. Coaches ran a one-on-one pass rush drill with the whole team watching at the middle of the field. Hendrickson's victory gets the defense stirring. - AS

11:23 A.M.: Michigan safety Lano Hill tips it away and causes a pick. He's had a nice two practices. - AS

West Practice

2:40 P.M: I asked Tony what he had for lunch. He told me he doesn't eat lunch. "I'm here to work." - AS

3:00 P.M.: Michael Roberts from Toledo is going to be a good NFL tight end in two or three years. Tight end Blake Jarwin from Oklahoma State has the right frame, but he's been inconsistent this week. - TP 

3:09 P.M.: Trey Griffey, a wide receiver from Arizona and son of MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr., makes a nice catch adjusting in the air on an underthrown deep ball. - AS

3:14 P.M.: Wide receiver Austin Carr from Northwestern has had a nice day here. He has shown good hands and runs clean routes. - TP

3:40 P.M.: Pace is a little slower at this West practice than it was yesterday. As I write this note, it's time for 7-on-7 drills. This should be fun to watch. - AS

3:43 P.M.: I'd say the West has a stronger WR group as a whole between Gabe Marks from Washington State, Northwestern's Carr, Shepherd's Billy Brown (who Tony believes is a tight end in the NFL) and Arizona's Griffey. It's a good range of players in this group - inside, outside, bigger and smaller. - AS

3:55 P.M.: Elijah McGuire out of Louisiana-Lafayette has had a good week. He's a situational-type back in the NFL, but he's been impressive. - TP

That's it for Day Two's coverage. We'll wrap things up with a report from the East practice Wednesday.

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