Here are my initial thoughts from Day 1:
Texas defensive end, Alex Okafor had a nice start to his week. There were several times he showed an explosive burst up the field and around the corner. Had some good matchups against Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner and Central Michiganís Eric Fisher. There were times during the season where Okafor looked less than interested but was able to disengage blocks and put himself in position to make plays.
None of the three North quarterbacks threw the ball exceptionally well. Miami-Ohioís Zac Dysert probably struggled the most with his accuracy. Syracuseís Ryan Nassib was unable to connect on some ď9Ē routes because he put too much air under the ball which allowed the corners to work to the ball. North Carolina Stateís Mike Glennon missed on some simple throws but biggest problem was I never saw him looking down the field to deliver the ball, all underneath stuff.
USCís TJ Mitchell had an interception during 7-on-7 period on an overthrown pass. The one shot that Mitchell had in one-on-one coverage, he got out muscled on the route which surprised me. When in the base defense, these Raiders coaches did not have him in coverage but instead but Fresno Stateís Phillip Thomas in the slot.|
Every time I looked up, North Carolinaís defensive tackle Sylvester Williams was in the backfield. He played all day on the opposite side of the line and was difficult to block one-on-one. UCLAís Datone Jones had his share of disruptive plays as well.