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Notebook: Observations from Day 3 at Senior Bowl


With torrential rains in the area, Thursday's practices were moved inside to give the teams a better opportunity to work in sound conditions and execute at a higher level.

*The American practice featured a lot of red zone and goal-to-go work. Friday was a continuation of many of the same trends we have seen from the American skill positions earlier in the week. Jalen Tolbert (6'1, 195) carried his momentum into his final day of practice and had his most complete practice of the week. The hometown receiver from South Alabama University created easy separation in small areas in the red zone and caught a touchdown on a whip route and fade during 1-on-1s.

*Tennessee's Velus Jones Jr. continued his strong week catching a fade for a touchdown, and later catching a slant for a score while operating out of the slot. Calvin Austin III continued to show off his quickness on routes, while Dontario Drummond from Ole Miss and Danny Gray from SMU made some plays throughout the day.

*Coastal Carolina tight end Isaiah Likely continued his small week catching a deep pass over the top, scoring a touchdown on a deep out, and even blocking well during 1-on-1 drills. San Diego State tight end Daniel Bellinger also had a strong outing, catching more than one touchdown pass as a reliable red zone target. Quietly, UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich (6'3, 248) also put together a nice week as a consistent separator and receiver.

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*Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall (6'1, 223) is a good athlete that is more than willing to attack the line of scrimmage going downhill.

*Florida State's Jermaine Johnson Jr. did not practice on Thursday but there were still some very effective pass rushers. Kingsley Enagbare continued to win in 1-on-1s and harass the team's quarterbacks. Western Kentucky's DeAngelo Malone from Western Kentucky (6'3, 234) flashed some impressive explosiveness off the edge.

*Georgia's Jamaree Salyer (6'2, 320, 34-inch arms) who had played guard earlier in the week took turns at left and right tackle and was effective at both spots.

*Liberty quarterback Malik Willis looked like the best quarterback on the field during America practice. He has the most physical tools, from arm strength to mobility, and improved his fundamentals throughout the week. Western Kentucky's Bailey Zappe had his best day of the week, throwing a touchdown during team drills.

*For the National Team, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was the most consistent of the team's quarterbacks, throwing touchdowns during 7-on-7 and team red zone drills.

*Wide receiver Khalil Shakir (6'0 ,193) put a great cap on what was an already good week with a fantastic Thursday practice. He is quick and can create separation from the slot. He caught three touchdowns during 7-on-7 and another during team drills. He was constantly open.

*Pittsburgh cornerback Damarri Mathis (5'10 ,197) has shown the ability to stick to and mirror receivers. Cincinnati's Coby Bryant (6'1, 191) and Penn State's Tariq Castro-Fields (6'0, 194) also had their moments.

*Baylor safety Jalen Pitre showed the ability to cover throughout the week, even taking some reps in 1-on-1s against wide receivers. Baylor teammate JT Woods has also had some good moments in coverage. Illinois safety Kerby Joseph had a good week in coverage. He scooped an interception up off a pass deflected by Jalen Pitre.

*Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asomoah (6'0, 222) had some splash plays this week in coverage and in the run game. He is fast and quick to find the ball. Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen continued to shine in coverage, forcing three straight incompletions during 1-on-1s.

*Jake Ferguson had some nice moments at tight end, making one very difficult hands-catch and toe tapping both feet in the back of the end zone. Colorado State's Trey McBride showed a good feel for getting open even, if his athleticism doesn't jump out watching him.

*Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall (6-5, 278) was finding his way past offensive linemen in team and 1-on-1 drills throughout the week.


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