Highlights: Michigan commits in the Under Armour All-American Game

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3Jan 2014
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2014 Under Armour All-American Game analysis

Michael Ferns, Wilton Speight, Jabrill Peppers, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Bryan Mone, and Jared Wangler at the
2014 Under Armour All-American Game

The 2014 Under Armour All-American Game took place on Thursday afternoon, and it was a showcase for four current Michigan commits. All of Michigan’s commits were on Team Nitro, which lost the game by a score of 31-21. Some brief analysis of what I saw:

LB Michael Ferns: Ferns didn’t even record a single tackle in this game. Probably because he sat it out due to injury.

QB Wilton Speight: Speight was named a captain for Team Nitro and earned the start at quarterback. He finished just 2/6 for 63 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He also had 3 carries for 8 yards. Offensive lines consistently struggle in these games because they don’t have time to work together, and that was pretty obvious as Speight never really had a chance to set his feet and scan the field. I thought Speight did a nice job of keeping his eyes downfield when the pressure was coming, which was often. He shows a little bit of mobility, but that’s mostly going to be when defenses completely forget about him being 6’6″ and able to run a little bit. He’s a better runner than John Navarre was, but perhaps a notch below Steven Threet. Speight has a nice overhand delivery from the pocket that defenders will probably struggle to bat down, but he can throw from different angles on the move. He made a poor read on a redzone passing attempt that resulted in a pick for Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, but he also made a very nice throw while running to his right for a long gain.

CB Jabrill Peppers: Peppers didn’t really make any highlight-reel plays in the game, but he didn’t get embarrassed, either. Well, except for one play on which he showed very nice change-of-direction skills only to dive at the Team Highlight receiver’s ankles and miss the tackle. Aside from coming up quickly, what I liked about that play was that Peppers hopped right up and attempted to chase down the receiver as he raced down the left sideline. The New Jersey native ended the game with 2 kickoff returns for 65 yards, 3 tackles, and 1 pass for -2 yards out of a Wildcat formation in the first half. Peppers also blocked a field goal at the end of the first half, but that’s not exactly allowed in all-star games like this one. Overall, it was a solid but unspectacular showing.

OT Juwann Bushell-Beatty: Of the guys who played, I thought Bushell-Beatty looked like the biggest project. He looked overweight, out of shape, and slow of foot. Of course, he’s a high schooler coming off of a long run to a state championship, so I don’t expect him to be in peak physical condition at this point in the year. However, he looks like he has a long way to go. He was standing up way too high while run blocking, which severely limited his lateral movement and left him flailing at air. He was also beaten badly on a speed rush that resulted in getting Speight blindsided. It should also be noted that Bushell-Beatty is generally considered a 3-star prospect who was facing some elite talent, and I don’t think it’s a stretch or an insult to say that he was overmatched.

DT Bryan Mone: I saw less of Mone than anyone else, partly because it was just difficult to see jersey numbers at times. He’s large and solidly built, but he’s more about power than anything else at this time. Mone has added a lot of weight in the past year or so, and he’s lost some of the athleticism that made him such a beast as an underclassman. He does not appear to be a huge threat to be a penetrator, as he mostly eats space at the line of scrimmage. That resulted in 2 tackles during the game.

LB Jared Wangler: Wangler was wandering the sidelines due to a separated shoulder.

WR Drake Harris (not pictured): Harris sat out his entire senior season due to a nagging hamstring injury. Since he was not going to be able to play, he did not attend the game.

2Jan 2014
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2014 Under Armour All-American Game Rosters

The 2014 Under Armour All-American Game rosters were announced the other day. All of Michigan’s current commits are on Team Nitro, so that’s who you should be rooting for; that includes Wilton Speight, whose competitors for Michigan’s lone quarterback offer in the class both will play for Team Highlights (Alabama-bound David Cornwell, Penn State-bound Michael O’Connor). The game will be played on January 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN.

Here’s a list of all of Michigan’s offerees on the rosters:

Quin Blanding – S – Virginia (Virginia)
Lorenzo Featherston – DE – North Carolina
Leonard Fournette – RB – Louisiana
Myles Garrett – DE – Texas (Texas A&M)
Adoree’ Jackson – CB – California
Jamarco Jones – OG – Illinois (Ohio State)
Melvin Keihn – LB – Maryland
Tyler Luatua – TE – California
Damian Prince – OT – Maryland
Jermaine Roberts – CB – Louisiana (Texas)
Cameron Robinson – OT – Louisiana (Alabama)
Bo Scarbrough – RB – Alabama (Alabama)
John Smith – S – California
Jalen Tabor – CB – Washington, DC
Casey Tucker – OT – Arizona
Jacory Washington – TE – Louisiana (LSU)
Dexter Wideman – DT – South Carolina (Florida State)

Jamal Adams – S – Texas
Alex Bars – OT – Tennessee (Notre Dame)
Andy Bauer – OT – Missouri (Missouri)
Jeb Blazevich – TE – North Carolina (Georgia)
Andrew Brown – DT – Virginia (Virginia)
Juwan Bushell-Beatty – OT – New Jersey (Michigan)
Lorenzo Carter – DE – Georgia
K.C. Crosby – TE – South Carolina (South Carolina)
Malachi Dupre – WR – Louisiana
Michael Ferns – LB – Ohio (Michigan)
Da’Shawn Hand – DE – Virginia (Alabama)
Drake Harris – WR – Michigan (Michigan)
Corey Holmes – WR – Florida (Notre Dame)
K.C. McDermott – OT – Florida (Miami)
Isaiah McKenzie – WR – Florida
Bryan Mone – DT – Utah (Michigan)
Sam Mustipher – OG – Maryland (Notre Dame)
Jabrill Peppers – CB – New Jersey (Michigan)
Braden Smith – OT – Kansas
Wilton Speight – QB – Virginia (Michigan)
Jared Wangler – LB – Michigan (Michigan)
Nick Watkins – CB – Texas (Notre Dame)
Quincy Wilson – S – Florida (Florida)

6Jan 2013
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Under Armour All-America Game analysis

Shane Morris did not perform well in the Under Armour All-America Game but the potential is there for a good future

David Dawson, OG: Dawson wore #55 and started at right guard.  He earned a reputation as a nasty run blocker during the week, but it’s tough to run the ball in these games because running the ball is largely about repetition, timing, and teamwork.  Part of his pass blocking technique is to lean on people without moving his feet, which will have to be fixed before he can set foot on the field in college.  The fact that he earned a starting spot speaks well for his talent, but he wasn’t a standout.

Patrick Kugler, OG: Kugler wore #57, started at left guard, and also was named a team captain.  He looked good when pulling and also seemed to be the best pass protector of the three future Wolverine offensive linemen in this game.  There was an ugly busted blocking assignment that allowed a sack, but it looked like Kugler was expecting a double-team that his linemate ignored.

Shane Morris, QB: Morris wore #12 and was the #2 quarterback.  He showed a strong arm – perhaps the strongest in the game – but he made some inaccurate throws and bad decisions.  He threw one pass into the arms of Vonn Bell that should have been picked off and returned for a touchdown, and later he got suckered into throwing a corner route against Cover 2 when Vernon Hargreaves III was sinking back in coverage; the throw to the flat was open and could have been completed.  However, Morris did have one of the better throws of the game on a fade route to LaQuon Treadwell in the endzone that should have been caught, but Treadwell allowed Hargreaves to rake it out at the last second.  Morris showed a little bit of mobility in getting out of the pocket, and he’s quick enough to be effective on rollouts, but he’ll never be a significant threat as a runner and took a highlight-reel shot in the open field from Oregon-bound linebacker Matthew Thomas.  Overall, he finished 2/10 passing for 23 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  He also carried the ball 2 times for 1 yard.

Henry Poggi, DT:
 Poggi wore #17 and started at defensive tackle.  He showed some quickness early in the game, pressuring PSU-bound Christian Hackenberg into an early checkdown, and grabbed a fumble recovery on a botched shotgun snap.  He also has very active hands and doesn’t allow himself to stay blocked.  Poggi is still pretty thin for a defensive tackle, and I doubt he can put on 30-ish pounds of good weight in the next eight months to contribute this season.  Overall, he and Kugler had the best performances of the group.  Poggi finished with 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 quarterback hurries.

Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT: Tuley-Tillman wore #72 and was a backup offensive tackle.  He did okay in pass protection at times, but he generally stands too high and is susceptible to the bull rush.  Then when he gets ready for the bull rush, defensive ends can run around him.  He needs to adjust quicker.  There was one screen play called to the left where he let his guy run right past him untouched, which forced the quarterback into a hurried throw and an interception (that should have been a pick six).  However, when he chooses to do so, he moves his feet well and his wingspan allows him to keep defenders out of his body.

Here’s a boxscore for the game.