January 3, 2011

Rigsbee stands out at right guard

SAN ANTONIO-In today's morning practice session for the West All-American team, four names of interest to Cal fans were in action, including two commits: right offensive guard Jordan Rigsbee and linebacker/defensive end Jason Gibson.

Gibson, Rigsbee and expected commit Viliami Moala practiced together for much of the morning session, as the defensive linemen battled their offensive counterparts in group work.

Rigsbee showed good, low hand placement in individual work, really dropping his hips to take advantage of a low, wide power base. Throughout the day, he displayed good leg drive, keeping his feet going from whistle to whistle.

With mom and dad looking on, Rigsbee really stood out, especially considering the fact that he's had a 101-degree fever for the past three days. Once the adrenaline got going, he stood out more and more, really coming into his own during 11-on-11s when he battled Todd Peat Jr. to a standstill during one rep, and even repelled the four-star defensive tackle on another.

Rigsbee was quick enough to block linebackers in space on trap plays, and has tremendous footwork.

Aside from Peat, Moala was one of the only real prototypical defensive linemen on the field, body-wise, even though he's just a shade over 6-feet (Peat stands at a legit 6-foot-3). During offensive line-defensive line group drills, Moala blew the much-taller four-star Marquis Flowers into the backfield. Flowers was rotating in at right guard with Rigsbee for much of the morning.

Moala still relied mainly on his bull rush move, but was getting some coaching to expand his repertoire.

Because of the overall lack of defensive linemen on the West side, Gibson-clearly more suited to being an outside linebacker-is staying at his high school position of defensive end. Gibson is, however, clearly the best pass rusher on the West defense, even at end.

Another player of note for the Bears-Colt Lyerla-had the biggest hit of the morning practice on Herschel Sims during 11-on-11s.

Lyerla however struggled on vertical routes when he wasn't able to get a good jam on his receivers. He also had a bit of trouble moving his hips trying to cover downfield routes. When the West moved to team drills, he moved to inside linebacker for a bit and appeared to be more comfortable.

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