02-01-2006, 01:38 AM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Observations on the Hula Bowl
P.J. Daniels RB 5-11 210 Georgia Tech. hit the hole quickly and ran well, he also ran pass patterns out of the slot with one catch. P.J. Pope RB 5-10 216 Bowling Green caught the ball well out of the backfield and the slot, he also ran well - they ran him on a halfback option where he made a good decision to throw the ball away instead of forcing it upfield like most running backs.
Brandon Marshall 6-6 230 Central Florida (6-6 on the roster, also listed at 6-4 depending on where you look) was dominating against CBs from Iowa and Fresno State. He beat jams off the line using stutter steps and power. He made grabs after getting seperation, and by adjusting for the ball and making the grab sandwiched between two defenders. No fades or jump balls. He did draw one offensive pass interference, though I’ve seen the same ignored often enough in NFL games. He can learn. The announcers mentioned conversations with three scouts who listed him as the most interesting player from the practice sessions. Did I mention the QBs sucked? Maurice Avery 6-1 216 Memphis made one catch adjusting for an underthrown ball, broke a tackle, gained some yards, and got out of bounds in the two minute drill.He also got open another couple times and was missed by his QBs.He had a great block on the CB to spring RB P.J. Pope working out of the slot on a flare pattern for a nice gain. The announcers reported Avery started at WR to begin the season and was moved to QB for the last four games (inlcuding their bowl game) after Memphis lost two QBs for the season. Ed Hinkel 6-0 190 Iowa worked hard to get open, his QBs just couldn’t find him. Damarius Bilbo 6-2 224 Georgia Tech made one nice hands grab on a quick slant, he’s a former QB converted to WR leading to 40 catches this season, once he made the commitment to play WR.
Bob Dockerty 6-5 260 Wisconsin-Oshkosh had some good blocks, including a nice block on Gerald Anderson 6-2 320 Georgia. Jeff King 6-5 248 Virginia Tech had a couple decent blocks too. The lousy QBs did nothing to help any of them in the passing game.
Guy Whimper 6-4 310 East Carolina looked decent at LT and LG, he could be a G or RT. Todd Londot 6-7 308 Miami (OH) was shakier at LT, but did well at LG (he played C at Miami). Richard Collier 6-7 345 Valdosta State did well at RT, he stayed with his blocks and got better as he adjusted to the speed of the 1-A and 1-AA opposition. Donald Penn OG/OT 6-5 305 Utah State supposedly looked good in practice to the scouts, he reportedly has good mechanics, but he didn’t hold up well in the game. Possible Dante fodder for his program.
Matt Lentz 6-5 308 Michigan was solid at RG.
Jason Palermo 6-3 310 Wisconsin led the only line that was dominating with Londot and Whimper taking turns at LG/LT, Lentz RG, and Collier RT. Palermo showed good awareness and mobility in the middle.
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