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January 2, 2009
Under Armour Friday: White Hot 11
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The final day of practice before Sunday's Under Armour All-American Game is in the books. Which White team performers closed with standout days? Rivals.com breaks it down in the Hot 11.
White Team Hot 11 - Friday
QB Matt Barkley
6-3/226, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Barkley came on during Thursday's practice and continued his strong play into Friday. During one stretch of practice he hit on numerous consecutive passes to his wideouts, which seemed to demoralize the secondary. He showed an ability to make several different types of throws at all ranges. During the skills challenge later in the afternoon, Barkley showed why he is deserving of his five-star status by exhibiting both accuracy and a strong arm. His form is impeccable.
DT Gary Brown
6-3/275, Quincy (Fla.) West Gadsden
Brown has consistently been among the top performers along the defensive line this week, and that trend continued Friday. Brown regularly won his reps during the one-on-one pass rush period, including a few dominating performances where he just blew the blocker off his spot. Brown plays with a noticeable fire when facing some of the nation's best offensive linemen, and he is not shy to let them know when he has gotten the better of them.
DE Craig Roh
6-5/230, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Roh performed very well in the one-on-one pass rush portion of the morning's practice, exhibiting his ability to not only use speed around the edge but also to use technique to beat his defender to the inside. Roh understands how to use his long frame to his advantage, and he made it a tough day for a number of offensive tackles.
WR Keenan Davis
6-3/200, Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Washington
The Iowa commitment has exhibited some magnificent hands in practice. Despite being only three days into working with this group of quarterbacks, he has shown an ability to have very good timing to get out of his breaks or to go up and make the catch. When Davis has to head to the air to make a catch, he has shown a consistent ability to bring it down against the defender. He was able to beat any coverage thrown at him Friday whether it was being pressed at the line or with his man playing off.
6-4/215, Carson (Calif.)
Presley has worked at wide receiver throughout Under Armour practices, but he has plenty of versatility. The four-star prospect shows the ability to be used as a flex back or H-back in an offensive system as he has the size to line up as a wide receiver and the ability to also play as a tight end. On his routes, he was very crisp and was able to create separation against faster defensive backs. He also understands his physical abilities and how to use them to his advantage. Presley is a deadly threat in the red zone.
6-1/270, Indian Head (Md.) Lackey
The talented cornerback was very effective in pass coverage on a day when the offensive passing attack got the better of the defense. The four-star prospect exhibited good closing speed when attacking on quick slants and good ball skills when challenged deep by receivers. When squaring off against larger wide receivers such as Morrell Presley or Alshon Jeffrey, Givens held his own despite a noticeable size difference.
5-11/210, Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia
Richardson continued his dominating week in the backfield on Friday. He exhibits a unique mixture of speed and size in his running style. He isn't scared of dropping a shoulder to break a tackle and gain a few more yards, but he doesn't always rely on being physical. He can also exhibit a bit of finesse in his running style to evade defenders. He can attack both the inside and the outside of a defense with speed and power.
DT Corey Adams
6-3/277, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
The uncommitted four-star prospect has had a solid week of practice on the defensive line. Playing alongside Gary Brown, Adams has shown good technique at the point of attack and a great amount of strength when taking on an offensive lineman. Adams has a motor that never stops working, which allows him to shed initial blocks.
5-10/173, Clarksville (Md.) River Hill
The Wake Forest commitment has worked in the slot throughout this week's practices. While working at wide receiver, he has shown an ability to make plays against more athletically gifted defensive backs. On Friday, he helped the White team's passing attack by consistently deceiving his defenders on his routes, allowing him to create separation and make the catch. He showed a consistent ability to make tough receptions even when he was covered.
LB Tom Wort
6-1/210, New Braunfels (Texas)
Wort shows an ability to consistently get himself in position to make the play. He is not only a very physical linebacker who can shed blocks when necessary, but he is also good at finding holes in the offense and attacking. His aggressiveness is impressive but sometimes gets him into trouble. At other times, though, Wort did a very good job of knowing and handling his responsibilities as exhibited when he squashed a reverse by the White team offense.
6-4/285, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Su'a Filo's build is deceiving as he is built like a stump, but he is very athletic along the offensive line. Su'a Filo is very good at adjusting to the attacking defender and putting himself in a position to win as he exhibited time and again in one-on-one drills Friday. He will need to work on getting stronger at the next level, but he is a talented, athletic lineman who is very strong in pass protection.