Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin, small-school defensive end Armonty Bryant, and a pair of Missouri seniors were the top players in practices Wednesday at the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game in Allen, Texas. According to Russ Lande of the National Football Post, the Tulane quarterback was the best passer on the field Wednesday:
On an extremely windy day, Griffin clearly stood out as the best quarterback today. Displaying a strong arm, Griffin was able to make throws with zip through the heavy winds. Quick in his pass drops, Griffin displayed the footwork to plant and drive off back foot to get rid of ball fast. While his deep accuracy was inconsistent today, his short passes were on target throughout.
Texas vs. The Nation is not devoid of quarterback talent, either. Texas Tech QB Seth Doege and Penn State QB Matt McGloin are on the rosters. As Lande noted, McGloin has struggled through two days of practice.
For the second straight day, unknown defensive end Armonty Bryant impressed scouts. Bryant, who attended East Central Oklahoma, has been a handful for opposing offensive tackles this week:
Being the best player at practice on Tuesday did not get into Bryant's head as he had another outstanding practice today. His foot quickness and snap anticipation showed in his ability to consistently beat the OT to the corner, which allowed him to threaten the corner consistently.
On the other end of the spectrum, it was a second straight lackluster day for former Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray, who is attempting to play tight end in the NFL. Lande notes that the transition has been rough:
For a player that many NFL people were excited to see this week, Gray had his second straight disappointing practice on Wednesday. Despite flashing the explosiveness and athleticism at Minnesota to be considered a good conversion project, so far through two practices he has looked like an un-draftable prospect.
Lande also pointed out a number of offensive linemen for criticism, including BYU's Braden Hansen, Kent State's Josh Kline, and Kentucky's Matt Smith.
The Texas vs. The Nation all-star game will be played Feb. 2 in Allen, Texas.