U-M Commits Impress In East Meets West Game

Toney Clemons

The East meets West All-American Game was the second All-Star game of the weekend which included several Michigan commitments. There were three Michigan commits in the game, all on the East squad (Red Jerseys): OL David Molk #74, S Jerimy Finch #6 and WR Toney Clemons #1.

The East meets West All-American Game was the second All-Star game of the weekend which included several Michigan commitments. There were three Michigan commits in the game, all on the East squad (Red Jerseys): OL Dave Molk #74, S Jerimy Finch #6 and WR Toney Clemons #1.

The game will be replayed on ESPNU DirecTV channel 609 at 7:30 a.m. EST. - 10:00 a.m. EST. on Monday morning January 8, 2007.

David Molk had the most airtime and attention of the three Michigan verbals with Toney Clemons only getting a few balls throw his way while his team mostly ran the ball, and Jerimy Finch played safety and was very deep in the scheme on defense.

Toney Clemons made a terrific run after a wide receiver quick screen in which he received the ball on the left side of the field ... defenders were on him so he juked out a few kids and headed towards the right side, and set up by a few nice blocks he scampered down the sidelines for a twenty yard gain instead of a three yard loss. Later the East squad tried the same pass to him, but Clemons was looking to make something happened before he caught the ball.

Positive things about Clemons from this game: his blocking ability, and his great speed for the size and weight he posseses. As GBW's own 23Gene has stated several times he does remind you of a Braylon Edwards/ Larry Fitzgerald type wide receiver to give you a mental picture of the type of receiver he is. That of course is not saying he will be that good, just stating he has the make-up to be a very good at the next level at Michigan.

Jerimy Finch came out on the very first play and made a statement that he likes to come up in run support and lay a stick on the running back. The East's defensive scheme had Finch almost twenty yards deep playing safety so he had a lot of ground to make up in run support. One positive thing was his speed and another is his size -- hopefully he can maintain his weight and stay at safety while at Michigan. He really seems very aggressive and comes up in a hurry to help out run support. He also returned punts a couple of times during this game. The only negative fundamental error is he sometimes puts his head down when making a tackle, but he should be able to break that habit once he gets to Michigan under good coaching.

David Molk really impressed in this All-Star game with his blocking ability and his athleticism. The East's Head Coach, Don Soldinger, when asked who the best player on the team was said -- David Molk. He possibly could be the most athletic offensive center Michigan has had in a very long time. He gets under the pads of the defensive player and drives him down the field and then he searches out the linebacker to block. Most of the East's running plays were ran inside the tackles with Molk creating holes for the backs along with the Pouncey twins (both going to Florida) at guard -- all three kept blocking till the whistle blew.

Molk will likely redshirt as most incoming freshman offensive lineman are and possible contend for the starting job his red-shirt freshman year. Toney Clemons will probably get playing time as a true freshman, but how much might depend on the upper classmen wide receivers and if they step up along with the other freshman wideouts arriving in Ann Arbor. Jerimy Finch might take on the role that Steve Brown had this year on special teams, plus if the upper classmen do not produce then he may get his chance.

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