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MOBILE, Ala. - The North wrapped up practice early in the 11 o'clock hour at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The field was ringed with scouts, coaches, front office types, player agents, and plain old football fans.
Later today we'll have a slideshow of the proceedings, because we're headed out for the South team practice in just a few moments, but here are a few quick observations from the sidelines...
-Idaho offensive guard Mike Iaputi played some on the outside at left tackle today and acquitted himself fairly well. We spoke with him after practice, and will get that podcast up later today. He's a mountain of a man, but very soft-spoken.
-At one point, Saint Louis head coach Steve Spagnuolo, 49ers boss Mike Singletary and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stood next to each other--silently--while they watched the team portion.
-Fresno State running back Lonyae Miller was impressive in the team portion of drills, and was a real load to bring down. He looks like a battering ram of a running back, but in an athletic body. We also caught up with him after practice and will get that interview up later today.
-One really impressive player was Cal defensive lineman Tyson Alualu. He repeatedly drove his man back (regardless of who he was lined up against) in both drills and the team portion, and had a relentless motor. We spoke with him as well after, and will get that up ASAP after the South practice.
-North Carolina defensive tackle Cam Thomas is enormous on the inside, and he got penetration quite a bit in the 5-on-2 drills, when he and a fellow d-lineman would take on five offensive linemen.