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All-American Bowl Tuesday Notebook
Posted Jan 3, 2006
San Antonio, Texas -- After getting knocked in the mouth on Monday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, there are several positions and players starting to realize they are playing with the big boys now and beginning to live up to their potential.
is not announcing his decision during Saturday's game, but he is down to Texas A&M, USC, and Oklahoma State.
After sticking to safety in the first three practices,
finally got a chance to play at running back this afternoon. He looked much more comfortable at running back than at safety.
In All-Star games, the deep snapper is an unnoticed position but always seems to play a pivotal role in each game. For the West, local product
is doing a good job accurately placing the ball for punter
, who appears to be limping somewhat.
Strongest arm award for the West: hands down
were again on fire this afternoon. Both finished perfect on the afternoon in seven-on-seven drills. The backs were heavily used as receivers, especially
. The most surprising number -- zero completions and zero times thrown to for
However, in the full-team scrimmage, Ausberry more than made up for the no-throws by catching several balls.
has started to assume the role of top wide receiver on the West.
Mustain took most of the snaps with what appeared to be the first-team offense during the full-team scrimmage.
Miami assistant coaches Mario Christobal and Randy Shannon took a keen interest in watching
throughout the contact portions of practice.
Things are getting chippy on the West as there was a scuffle between Goodson and Jones. Jones, the instigator on defense, tried to rip the ball away from Goodson at the bottom of a pile.
In one-on-one competition with the linemen, the defense took the title winning 18 to 15 including
winning four out of six times and
with 3 wins. Ian Symonnette and
had four wins apiece followed by
had three wins.
conintues to impress at linebacker,showing agression and lateral movemant as he took
into the bench. He met
in the hole up the middle later in the same series. The linebackers will be the strength of the East defense.
After taking some big hits yesterday, the defense is biting back today especially after a big hit by
that brought cheers from the crowd.
C.J. Spiller, nursing an ankle injury since the Cal/Florida game, appears fully back to speed and pushing for the starting spot in Saturday's game.
is getting more impressive each day. As a returner on special teams he broke two that would have been touchdowns.
The East offense looked very crisp this afternoon. Practice ended with goaline drills which the players took a huge liking to and were fired up. A huge improvement over the stumbles of Monday.
Chris Pool's player of the day was
, who had blanket coverage of
throughout the day.
were the two that stood out from the pack in drills and the most improved through the day.
: After rolling his ankle in practice yesterday,
worked out this morning but he was held out of practice this afternoon.
was also being held out for precautionary reasons due to a pre-existing broken ankle swelling up, but he came back for the last half of the afternoon session.
pulled himself out of practice with the same groin injury he aggravated yesterday afternoon.
Tuesday Morning Notebook
Jan 3, 2006
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Jan 2, 2006
All-American Bowl West Notebook
Jan 4, 2006
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