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Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
July 3, 2008 11:08 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
Here is more on the three future Huskies who played in the East-West 4A/3A All-Star Summer Classic tonight in Spokane, won by the East 17-14, from correspondent Jason Shoot:
SPOKANE --- One football game does not define a player, but it may offer a little insight.
Three University of Washington recruits played in Thursday night's East-West 4A/3A All-Star Summer Classic at Central Valley High School --- Eastlake offensive tackle Drew Schaefer, Kentwood running back Demitrius Bronson and Kamiak tailback/defensive back Justin Glenn.
Following is a breakdown of their performances:
Drew Schaefer, Eastlake
Starting at left tackle for the West, Schaefer (6-4, 285) did a fine job getting his arms extended against opponents, but there were a few occasions when defensive linemen got inside to his chest. Even in those instances, however, Schaefer maintained a good base with sound footwork and wasn't exploited.
Schaefer spent most of the evening lined up opposite East defensive ends Evan Cook (6-3, 265) and Nick Gale (6-4, 245). A standout from Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, Cook has committed to Eastern Washington. Gale, from Eastmont in East Wenatchee, will play collegiately at Portland State.
When Schaefer got upfield to the second level to engage a linebacker, he did a fine job sealing the holes and creating a lane for his tailbacks. He didn't appear to have the strength yet to be a pancake machine, but he's plenty quick enough to be the lead blocker on traps and counters to the opposite side.
"I'm going to work in the weight room every day,'' Schaefer said after his West team came up on the short end of a 17-14 decision. "It all starts Sunday (the day he and other UW freshmen enroll in the freshmen Bridge program).''
Demitrius Bronson, Kentwood
Bronson (5-11, 205) finished with a team-high 52 yards on eight carries and showed good vision when rushing off tackle and around the edges. He didn't find much room to maneuver between the tackles, though.
Bronson was unable to pick up a pair of short conversions. He gained only two yards on fourth-and-3 in the first quarter and then was stopped for no gain on third-and-3 in the second half to hand the ball back to the East. Both runs were designed up the middle.
Bronson has thoroughbred legs reminiscent of a young Emmitt Smith, although it would be a disservice to him to suggest he's in that echelon yet. His posted 40-yard time of 4.6 seconds will need to improve for him to be an every-down back in the Pac-10.
Justin Glenn, Kamiak
Glenn (5-10, 185) made the night's biggest play among Tyrone Willingham's new recruits, stepping in front of East quarterback Bobby Cowan's errant pass for a first-quarter interception.
Of the three players documented here, Glenn had the smallest body of work to inspect. Simply put, the ball was thrown his way only three times. In addition to his interception, he made a quality open-field tackle on Geno Munoz, who finished with six catches for 106 yards. Playing 12 yards off the line of scrimmage to deny the deep ball, Glenn blanketed East receiver Dan Durkin but surrendered an 11-yard pass on third-and-10 with 1:35 left in the game. That play sustained what ultimately turned into the East's game-winning drive.
"It's a big leap (to the Pac-10) and I need to stay in the weight room and stay in shape,'' said Glenn, who appeared to have ideal size to play cornerback in college. "It's a whole other ballgame at that level."
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