SAN ANTONIO – It was supposed to be a light practice with pads for the West squad on Thursday, but two big hits by safety Rahim Moore was a possible preview of what's to come on Saturday. Find out who else finished the week of practice strong for the West in today's Hot 11 edition.
When you look at the West quarterbacks, all of them have had their moments in practice, but Crist arguably had the best day on Thursday. Right now it's a toss-up as to who will be the West's starting quarterback, but Crist may have put himself in the driver's seat with his performance on Thursday.
Both Dan Buckner and Floyd have been by far the most consistent of the West's wide receivers in practice. Floyd had the best day on Thursday and he gets the nod for the Hot 11 based on the consistency he showed to finish the week out strong.
Golden may not be the biggest corner, but his technique is some of the best we've seen in San Antonio. Edison is known as one of the best defensive back producing high schools in all of the country, and it's easy to see why after watching Golden the last four days.
In terms of overall technique, nobody may be better on the West squad than Habern. The 6-foot-4, 275 pound Haburn has never played center in his career before, but he's done a great job of adjusting to his potential college position. The West coaches are also very impressed with his leadership skills, as line coach Andrew Bichoff from St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall said Haburn has been the guy that has led the way all week.
Moore laid two of the hardest hits we've seen in practice all week on Thursday. The only problem was West head coach Bob Jones wanted to scale things back on Thursday. Moore knocked out both wide receiver Dan Buckner and tight end Austin Holt in about a span of less than five minutes.
Scott continues to show why he's the nation's No. 1 ranked running back. His burst and overall speed have clearly separated him from the other backs on the West squad. Do not be surprised if Scott breaks off a big run on Saturday.
Shoemate showed his breakaway speed more than once on Thursday by taking short passes for long gains. Shoemate has played an all-purpose type role this week, and his overall versatility has been impressive.
The West coaches are all impressed with Smith's athletic ability and his potential upside. You can tell Smith hasn't received the type of instruction he's gotten this week in San Antonio, and as he continues to learn his technique, he's going to be a scary player at USC in the future.
Nobody has been able to block Washington all week. His overall speed and pass rushing skills have stood out each day in practice. The match-up I'm looking forward to seeing the most is Washington vs. East tackle Mike Adams on Saturday.