Mobile – The second day of practice for the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl saw both teams put on pads and get more physical at Ladd-Peeples Stadium.
In the morning, from 9:30 to 11, the North squad worked out. The South took to the field from 1:45 until 3:30.
The highlight of the South practice in the afternoon came when Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker was tattooed after catching a pass up the left side. Clemson safety Marcus Gilchrist popped Stocker, dropped him to the ground, but the former Volunteer was able to hold on to the ball and rise to his feet after the collision.
The South squad is coached by Chan Gailey and the ’ staff, and is broken down by position group for the bulk of the practice. The North, meanwhile, is under the direction of Marvin Lewis’ Cincinnati coaching staff.
North defensive back Joe Lefeged from Rutgers is primarily a safety, but explained after practice that one of his strengths is his ability to play various positions in the secondary.
“The nickel, the dime and both safety positions,” Lefeged said when asked about the spots where he’s comfortable.
Lefeged also said he shares quite a bit in common with former Rutgers corner and current New England Patriot Devin McCourty, noting that they both excelled as special teamers in New Jersey, and were also captains as seniors.
South corner Curtis Brown played his college ball at Texas, and the former Longhorn was quick to emphasize his strengths when asked.
“I make plays,” Brown said. “I’m coachable. I’ll do what it takes to get on the field: DB, special teams, whatever.”
He has a former teammate on the South squad in defensive lineman Sam Acho, who believes his first couple practices have been solid.
“I think I’ve been doing pretty well,” Acho said. “The first day, I had a great day. The second day, there was definitely some room for improvement for sure. But that’s why we put on the pads, to get out here and compete, and I’m excited.”
The two teams will practice again at the same times on Wednesday.
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