East West Shrine Bowl – East Practice: Day 3

Day three kicked off with the East team at 9:20am with more live portions, a two minute drive up the field and it was accompanied by a substantial red zone portion which featured a lot more of Ja’Marcus Bradley and Diondre Overton leading the offense.

LIKED WHAT I SAW

WR Diondre Overton, Clemson – OK. So Diondre Overton is in St Pete now, he just showed up to today’s practice and might be the best receiver here. Seriously though, Overton made his impact known early catching everything thrown his way, he was a bully in the redzone and made some very impressive mid air body adjustments that were tantalizing to say the least. He clearly wasn’t an impact player at Death Valley but there’s always some tough competition there, still Overton put his stamp on practice today as a playmaker that is a difficult cover one on one.

WR Isiah Wright, Temple – Really heady player with some fluid movements to his game, he has smooth change of direction and has displayed consistent hands throughout the first two days. He also has been a big helper on special teams and in the running game. You can tell he has played a lot of the third phase with how much he is able to coach up some of his teammates that possibly haven’t played that much in the kicking or return game.

DE Michael Danna, Michigan – Danna had a good day of practice yesterday as well but also showed out today with nice edge ruhs rep that beat Charlie Heck of North Carolina and also destroyed Buffalo’s Evin Ksiezarczyk. He has forced multiple poor throws here due to arriving at the quarterback early. He might be more of a tweener type of athlete but as an instinctive pass rusher Danna has shown a lot of ability thus far.

CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, Florida International – This guy just understands how to communicate on the field and how to be a teammate. He is constantly chirping out there but 99% of it is to his defensive backs, what they could do better getting more physical with a different receiver, encouraging his fellow corners. He really bleeds for ball and it shows with the way he competes every snap.

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED SOONER

CB Parnell Motley, Oklahoma – OK, Parnell Motley was bad day one and day two he fared better but day three, he showed up and said; “Not on this day!” Yes, he got beat early by Diondre Overton who literally just showed up today and he also lost another rep to Aaron Parker that was just a great throw at the pylon on the boundary but Motley was physical yet again, he showed up in run fills and support. He was nasty in red zone drills, he broke early on a Kevin Davidson pass that was intended for Aaron Parker which Motley should have intercepted but he couldn’t complete the catch. This was clearly his best day.