UA Game Day 1 practice running blog

The Under Armour All-Americans finally get to show their stuff when they take the practice field for the first time on Wednesday. ESPN will update all the action throughout the day -- the big plays, the big hits, who's standing out and who's struggling -- so keep checking back for all the latest news from Day 1 of UA All-America Game practices.

End of the day
Both teams just huddled up to bring practice for Day 1 to a close. Check back tomorrow as we give you live updates of practice on Day 2. Also don't forget to watch today's practices on ESPNU from 3-6 p.m. ET.

Nix shaken up
1:26 p.m. ET -- Louis Nix was shaken up a couple of times, but we just talked to him and he is good. He's had a good morning. You can tell he's happy to be a part of the game and he's hustled around today.

Miami's No. 1 target
1:23 p.m. ET -- Christian Jones continues to look good. He's got great size, but is athletic enough to play well in space and has shown that. Earlier today for a bit, it looked like there were some packages where the coaches had him put his hand down and rush the passer. We spoke with someone here that would know and he told me Miami has Jones as the top remaining prospect on its board. Of course, Jones has a ton of connections to Florida State, where his father and brother both played.

Brown shows separation skills
1:18 p.m. ET -- Corey Brown, headed to Ohio State, caught a slant against Toney Hurd for a 12-yard touchdown. He got in and out of his break really well and separated.

Hot pursuit
1:15 p.m. ET -- DE Alfy Hill and LB Corey Nelson are gaining praise from the Black team coaches for their pursuit.

Dorsey forces fumble
1:14 p.m. ET -- Ashton Dorsey just won a one-on-one pass rush and forced a fumble on Devin Gardner, who carries the ball a little low during his drop.

Versatlie Gholston
1:11 p.m. ET -- The defensive coaches had William Gholston standing up and roaming. He nearly made a play on Michael Dyer on a sweep and at least slowed him up to prevent a huge gain. At times, Gholston looks like a man amongst boys, really effective as both a run-stopper and pass-rusher.

Big-time Bulldog
1:09 p.m. ET -- Da'Rick Rogers continues to play well. He just went up with Ryan Ayers hanging on him and came down with a circus catch. Rogers is big and fast and you have to wonder what the best way to cover him is. He followed that up by beating Lamarcus Joyner. He juggled the catch then showed great concentration and hands coming down with it. What a day for the future Georgia Bulldog!

Holland looking good in coverage
1:07 p.m. ET -- Jake Holland picked off a hot route thrown by Devin Gardner and he would have returned it for a touchdown. Holland, usually thought of as a run stuffer, has made two or three really good plays dropping into coverage. He is also a very cerebral player.

Early Black team MVP
1:05 p.m. ET --DE Dominique Easley continues to dominate anyone who he's been up against. He's the early candidate for Black team MVP at this point.

Milliner finally gets beat
1:04 p.m. ET -- Mike Davis made a leaping catch on a stop route against DeMarcus Milliner. However, Milliner's still been the best DB on the Black team in coverage all day.

Quick look at Black team WRs
Among the group is Justin Hunter (No. 1), Mike Davis (No. 2), Darius White (No. 4), James Louis (No. 10), Solomon Patton (No. 11) and Corey Brown (No. 15)

Shining Spartan
12:52 p.m. ET -- William Gholston is getting good penetration and forced an errant throw by Blake Bell. He also beat Chaz Green and it will be very interesting to track his development at Michigan State. He's played a lot of linebacker to date and as a full-time end will have a ton of upside.

Storm showing his power
12:46 p.m. ET -- Black team RB Storm Johnson has shown impressive acceleration and power lowering the shoulder, while Demar Dorsey has flashed great recovery burst and range in deep coverage. Dorsey also came up from his safety spot and put the hit of the day on Johnson, who has almost 30 pounds on the future Gator defensive back.

Scroggins gets first shot
12:43 p.m. ET -- At the start of 11-on-11 for the White team, Jesse Scroggins took the first snaps at quarterback behind an offensive line comprised of Ja'Wuan James at left tackle, James Stone at left guard, Shane McDermott at center, Kolton Houston at right guard and Chaz Green at right tackle.

Dyer shows big burst
12:34 p.m. ET --OLB Christian Jones showing great athleticism in coverage, while RB Michael Dyer is showing great patience and outside burst on outside zone schemes.

Shaw making plays
12:27 p.m. ET -- We have been very impressed with Kenny Shaw. He's gotten open with ease the two times we've focused on him during one-on-ones.

Playmaking punt returners
12:23 p.m. ET -- Black team punt returner DeMarcus Milliner (Alabama) is showing an explosive first step and gets up field quickly. Jonathan Dowling (Florida) is just a playmaker, period.

Uko unblockable
12:20 p.m. ET -- White team DT George Uko has been very difficult to block off the ball when shaded due to his explosive get-off.

Smith booms a couple
12:17 p.m. Et -- The White team has been working on punting. UCLA's Kip Smith has kicked some good ones and Joshua Shaw is fielding punts, but we are not sure if he will be the return guy on Saturday.

Making it look easy
12:14 p.m. ET -- Dominique Easley (Penn State) overpowered A.J. Cann (South Carolina) on a pass rush by winning the leverage battle and getting up in his chest.

Trench warfare
12:12 p.m. ET -- Eric Mack (South Carolina) and Miles Dieffenbach (Penn State) are winning the majority of their one-on-one battles. Dieffenbach is showing really good feet and lateral movement.

Best of the best
12:05 p.m. ET -- Receivers Justin Hunter (LSU) and Mike Davis (Texas) continue to be the best route runners.

Sims settling in
12:04 p.m. ET -- Future Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims has settled in and is delivering strikes on short to intermediate routes.

Mack attack
12:02 p.m. ET -- Black team OT Eric Mack is showing quick feet for a 300-pounder in pass rush drills.

Muncie struggling
11:59 a.m. ET -- Black team safety Luke Muncie is struggling a bit in man to man, definately a OLB at the next level.

Ogletree closing in
11:55 a.m. ET -- White team QB Blake Bell just threw a pass out of the backfield to Jordon James, who did a nice job catching it, but Alec Ogletree closed in a hurry and if we were going full speed he would have been in position for a big hit.

Looking for contact
11:52 a.m. ET -- Xavier Grimble caught a pass in the flat and got up field in a hurry. But the thing that stood out about the play was he actually sought out contact. Tight ends have to be both physical and fluid. From the looks of things today, Grimble has both.

Silberman shining
11:49 a.m. ET -- Florida commit Ian Silberman looks exceptionally quick off the ball in the run and pass game. He just needs to fill out physically and add strength.

Cool-hand Luke
11:46 a.m. ET -- Texas A&M commit Luke Joeckel showed really good feet in pass protection. He's won most of his battles so far.

Future Trojan at work

Check out this quick video of USC commit Jesse Scroggins warming up and making a quick pass.

Hunter beats future teammate
LSU commit Justin Hunter beat future teammate Luke Muncie on a perfectly run post pattern in one-on-ones. Muncie, who is playing safety at this event, projects as a linebacker with the Tigers.

Do-it-all Dorsey
11:42 a.m. ET -- In addition to covering as a defensive back during one-on-ones, Demar Dorsey has jumped in and run some routes, showing a lot of competiveness and doing a lot of talking.

Joyner making plays
11:39 a.m. ET -- The teams have started doing 7-on-7 drills. The first defense for the White team is OLB Shaun Lewis, MLB Jeff Luc, OLB Christian Jones, SS Alec Ogletree, FS Dietrich Riley, CB Lamarcus Joyner and CB Joshua Shaw. Brandon Coleman, Chris Dunkley and Xavier Grimble were among the first receivers/tight ends out there with Blake Bell, Jesse Scroggins and Chase Rettig rotating at quarterback.

Joyner made a nice play on Coleman and didn't allow him to catch a deep pass from Bell.

Trojan connection
11:32 a.m. ET -- USC commit Jesse Scroggins just hooked up with fellow Trojan tight end Xavier Grimble, who showed great body control as he adjusted and snagged the ball out of the air. We met Grimble at his school in Las Vegas and at a prospect camp in Los Angeles this past spring and he's a very polite kid. He also has a cousin, Class of 2011 defensive end Jalen Grimble, who has dozens of early offers. Jalen is a 2011 Watch List member.

Hill standing out
11:28 a.m. ET -- Defensive end Alfy Hill looks quick, powerful and strong. He has shown a really good first step and nice leverage.

Benson, Hicks good in coverage
11:27 a.m. ET -- Linebackers Aaron Benson and Jordan Hicks look impressive in pass coverage. Benson had a few nice pass breakups, while Hicks has shown the ability to open up his hips and recover nicely.

Quick feet for big guys
11:22 a.m. ET -- White team corners Florida commit Joshua Shaw and Dietrich Riley are showing very good hips and foot quickness for taller perimeter guys.

What a catch!
11:15 a.m. ET -- Georgia commit Da'Rick Rogers and Chris Dunkley look quick. We talked to Dunkley last night about his decision, which he will announce at the game Saturday. We continue to believe he will commit to Florida, though he says Alabama and Georgia are also in the mix. He just turned on the jets to run under a deep pass. It is no secret he has great speed and he's showing it out here.

Bible, Hubbard showing off
11:10 a.m. ET -- Black team defensive lineman are working on first-step get-off drills. Texas commit Taylor Bible is the quickest of the defensive tackles and all the defensive ends look quick. Adrian Hubbard's quickness has been really impressive and he's fighting with his hands well.

Like father, like son
11:10 a.m. ET -- Nick Montana has been the most accurate of the Black team quarterbacks to this point and has thrown a few really nice seam routes, while he father -- NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana -- looks on.

UNC getting a good OL in Hurst
11:06 a.m. ET -- While watching the White team offensive linemen do agility drills, James Hurst continues to impress and you can tell the coaches like him. Butch Davis, Sam Pittman and company at North Carolina are getting a good one. Hurst's brother is a Division I player, who started his career at Mississippi State and transferred to UNC.

James Stone looks big, athletic and flexible in these drills. We hear Alabama is the team to beat for the talented trenchmen from Nashville. He could play tackle in college and become an elite guard prospect. Regardless, he's got the raw physical tools. We will see how he performs when they start butting heads a little bit.

Taylor-made LB
11:03 a.m. ET -- During shedding drills White team LB Michael Taylor is showing his trademark power and explosiveness for a smaller LB (6-0, 193).

Walsh on display
10:58 a.m. ET -- Coach John Walsh's son, Class of 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List QB J.W. Walsh, is throwing passes to the receivers, flashing the ability that has already made him one of Texas' top junior prospects.

The next A.J. Green?
10:56 a.m. ET -- Black team WR Justin Hunter shows similar fluidity and athleticism as another tall WR from a couple of years ago -- Georgia's AJ Green. Off all the receivers, Hunter looks the quickest, most explosive and fluid. The future LSU Tiger has been the very impressive early on, especially with his route-running.

Catching on quickly
10:52 a.m. ET -- Both teams have broken into groups by position and are running drills.

Darius White is the most physically-developed of the WRs, while Mike Davis is showing off his precise route running ability. Justin Hunter could be the best pure athlete of the bunch and has already made a few highlight-reel catches.

Long snappers announced
10:46 a.m. ET -- Long snappers and holders for both teams are currently working on timing and precision with NFL special teams legend Joe Avezzano. NFL fans should remember Avezzano from his time with the Dallas Cowboys dynasty.

It has also been decided that Travis Dickson (Black team) and Dakota Mosley (White team) will be the long snappers for each team.

White team's massive defensive front
10:36 a.m. ET -- White team is split offense/defense working on alignments, there defensive unit has some impressive size in it's front seven with DE William Gholston, DT Louis Nix, ILB Jeff Luc, OLB Christian Jones and S Alec Ogletree stepping down in the box.

Gholston standing out early
10:35 a.m. ET -- The White squad is rotating the defensive linemen. Michigan State commit William Gholston, Notre Dame commit Louis Nix, Todd Chandler and Corey Lemonier are in the group out there now. Gholston is really an eye-catcher, but again that's just the eyeball test combined with what's out there on film.

Sims to start?
10:33 a.m. ET -- Phillip Sims getting most reps at quarterback early on, while the offensive linemen are rotating in and out working on the snap count.

One-on-one with Joyner
10:31 a.m. ET -- Assistant coach Don Cox, one of our favorite coaches both at this event and the Under Armour Combines, is giving Lamarcus Joyner some one-on-one instruction.

Good luck against White's back seven
10:28 a.m. ET -- Florida State commit Jeff Luc (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast) is one of the middle linebackers for the White team, making the back seven even more stout.

Jones, Ogletree are scary tandem
10:26 a.m. ET -- Christian Jones (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell) and Georgia commit Alec Ogletree (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) are working at outside linebacker and strong safety on the same side with future Florida State Seminole Lamarcus Joyner (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) at corner in certain defensive sets (depending on what the offense calls). Jones and Ogletree have great size and form what should be an intimidating tandem for the White squad.

Black receiving corps coming together
10:20 a.m. ET -- For the Black team, Darius White and LSU commits Justin Hunter working as the outside receivers with Texas commit Mike Davis in the slot.

Grimble looking good
10:20 a.m. ET -- Watching the tight ends for the White team warm-up and catch some passes. USC commit Xavier Grimble (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) looks good physically and is a very smooth athlete with good hands.

We also think tight end Dakota Mosley (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian) looks the part. We had the chance to see him during a game against Pulaski Academy earlier this year and he struck us as a "jack-of-all-trades" jumbo athlete and stood out on both sides. It will be good to get a look at him just as a tight end this year. He is committed to Auburn, one of several future Tigers in the game.

Center of attention
10:16 a.m. ET -- It looks like Miami commit Shane McDermott (Lake Worth, Fla./Palm Beach Central) is running first team center right off the bat for the White squad. Of course, starting lineups won't be determined until later in the week. Other OL that came out with the first unit- LT Ja'Wuan James (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett; Tennessee commit) LG James Stone (Nashville, Tenn./Maplewood; uncommitted, from Nashville), RG Kolton Houston (Buford, Ga.;committed to UGA) RT Chaz Green (Tampa, Fla./Catholic; uncommitted)

What to expect today
Today is more of a mental day for offense, including a 30 minute walk through concentrating on formations, alignments and assignments under the guidance of former NFL coaches. Then they will get into a dynamic warmup (stretching and speedwork to get loosened up) followed by position-specific drills. After that they will go into a combo period where they come together with different periods and then they will start doing run-specific and pass-specific sessions in 9-on-7 and 7-on7 as well as much anticipated 1-on-1 drills.

The kids are also fortunate to have three-time coach of the year Joe Avezzano working with both special teams units and the day will conclude with a large team period where the entire offensive and defensive units will run plays and recap everything that they did during the day.

We are looking forward to seeing several of the WR/CB matchups, Lamarcus Joyner vs. Chris Dunkley, should be one to pay attention to. As well as during some of the 9-on-7 drills, Jeff Luc demonstrate some of his power, who looks like he's ready to step onto a college or even NFL field with his build.