Under Armour Game: Thursday practice report
After three days of work, Silver's quarterbacks and wide receivers seem to have gotten their timing down. Kyle Parker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail) continued his strong week and E.J. Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) elevated his play despite the difficult conditions. Both QBs hit on a number of out routes, displaying their arm strength.
Blake Ayles (Orange, Calif./Lutheran), who seems to find his way into every practice report, had another strong session. It's interesting to note that the athletic Ayles looks much bigger than his listed measureables in pads, but in sweatpants appears to be closer to 220 pounds. Brandon Moore (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) dropped some balls early but recovered making a nice grab in the back of the end zone by staying in phase with the quarterback.
Terrance Parks (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) continues to exhibit the movement skills of a corner while playing in a safety's body. He made an exceptional break on a Manuel deep out to Chris Tolliver (Rayville, La.), diving toward the sideline to bat away the pass.
Outside linebacker Nigel Carr (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) made several outstanding plays behind the line and in pass coverage, displaying his versatility. On one occasion, Carr took a violent stiff arm from running back Jamie Harper (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) which sparked some friendly jawing for a few plays.
During individual drives, running back Jermie Calhoun (Van, Texas) impressed with his acceleration and pass-catching, especially for a big back. Future Sooner teammate Landry Jones (Artesia, N.M.) connected on a nice fade to Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles). Braden Hanson (Charlotte, N.C./Latin) tossed a well-timed corner route to Martin Bayless (Fresno, Texas/Hightower) who made a great leaping grab.
Safety Jamoris Slaughter (Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker) was once again in street clothes but this time in a wheelchair -- he is out for Saturday. Burton Scott (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) was hospitalized last night with the flu but hopes to play. Wide receiver Deion Walker (Christchurch, Va.) is day-to-day with a strained knee and is expected to be outfitted with a brace but is probable for Saturday's game.
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