The battles are beginning to heat up in practice as the week rolls on in preparation for the East-West Shrine Bowl this Saturday, with Wednesday seeing a few new players in attendance following Clemson and LSU’s meeting in the National Championship game on Monday.
Here are the top defensive standouts from Wednesday’s practices.
EAST TEAM DT Mctelvin Agim – Arkansas Also featured in Tuesday’s edition of Pewter Report’s defensive standouts, Mctelvin Agim continued to assert his dominance along the East’s defensive line on Wednesday. Agim’s size gives him an immediate advantage, listed at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, but his technique and skilled pass-rush moves allowed him to win, and at times dominate, his matchups in practice.
CB Parnell Motley – Oklahoma Motley was a playmaker in his four years at Oklahoma. Playing in just six games as a freshman, Motley became a regular in the OU secondary over his next three seasons, totaling 176 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 33 passes defended and six forced fumbles (five in his senior year alone) throughout his college career.
Motley continued the trend on Wednesday, defending multiple passes in coverage, including nearly coming away with an interceptions when lined up across from Rhode Island’s Aaron Parker.
DT Raequan Williams – Michigan State Another repeat standout, Williams was once again a force to be reckoned with on Wednesday. He has the size, agility and technique to plug up the middle, get off of his blockers and attack the quarterback. The play below is another example of his get off and relentless effort beyond the point of attack, showing what a dangerous mix it can be in tandem with the way he utilizes his powerful hands.
Listed as a safety for the East-West Shrine Bowl, Glasgow transitioned from safety/defensive back to linebacker over his four-year career at Michigan and seemed to be all around the ball throughout the middle portion of the West’s practice on Wednesday. Glasgow was able to force this incomplete pass and came just fingertips from a diving pass breakup in red zone drills shortly after.
In his senior season with the Wolverines, Glasgow finished the year with 89 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble.