January 4, 2007
U.S. Army AA Bowl Wednesday Hot 11: East
The daily Hot 11 from the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Wednesday's action was hot and heavy for the East squad. They ran a spirited 60+ play full-contact scrimmage followed by a long afternoon practice.
Illinois-bound defensive end Martez Wilson had a stellar day and leads the East in Wednesday's Hot 11.
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Martez Wilson, DE, Chicago Simeon
Wilson was everywhere - from blocking four different extra point/field goal attempts to recording 1½ sacks during the scrimmage. He also tipped a pass that led to an interception. Wilson was in on
numerous tackles throughout the scrimmage and was a terror off the edge.
Chris Rainey, RB, Lakeland (Fla.)
Rainey had the biggest play of the day with his 40-yard touchdown scamper. He flashed his speed on returns during special teams drills. Rainey has shown toughness running between the tackles.
Despite a fumble, he looked strong most of the day.
Deonte Thompson, WR, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central
Thompson showed off his excellent route-running skills and his blazing speed during the scrimmage. He ran a great comeback route and showed strength in breaking a tackle for a touchdown. He
gained separation from the defensive backs most of the day.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Hampton (Va.)
Taylor has arguably the quickest feet of anyone on the East team, and that's saying something. He showed off his ability to escape on rollouts and broken plays. He was also accurate on his straight
drops. He threw the only score of the day when he hit Thompson perfectly on a comeback route.
Greg Little, WR, Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Little continued to show steady hands. He made one of the biggest plays of the day when he caught a pass along the sideline, cut back twice and broke a few tackles for about 15 extra yards. He led the East in catches and yards from the scrimmage.
John Brantley, QB, Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic
Brantley was perfect on the day passing the ball and showed off his mobility with a 10-yard scramble for a first down on a broken play. Brantley didn't panic when the pass rush was heavy and took a
huge hit on a sack and popped back up (although he did fumble). He showed toughness, accuracy and savvy throughout the day.
Gary Gray, CB, Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast
Gray had a great day in coverage, nearly coming up with an interception. He made a couple of nice open-field tackles and stayed in position all day. He didn't make a mistake we could see, and
broke up a long pass to Duval Kamara that would have been a touchdown.
Torrey Davis, DT, Seffner (FL) Armwood
The funny thing about Davis is that he looks like he's struggling to move around off the field. However, once he gets on the field he's as agile as a 220-pounder. He is quicker than anyone would
expect for a big man. Davis makes plays with his strength by penetrating. He also uses his long arms and reach to his advantage.
Marvin Austin, DT, Washington (D.C.) Ballou
If you're wondering why all these defensive linemen are able to get to the quarterback, some of it has to do with the great deal of attention paid to Austin. He is never single blocked. Even with all the
attention, he has still been somewhat effective collapsing the pocket despite being uncomfortable with the way he's being utilized.
Aaron Hernandez, TE, Bristol (Conn.) Central
Hernandez made a nice catch on a low pass from Willy Korn, gained yardage by showing good acceleration on a bubble screen and has become the safety net for all the quarterbacks down
Eric Berry, DB, Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside
Sometimes when you never notice a cornerback or safety it means he's playing at a high level. That was the case with Berry, who made a few nice plays but more importantly was not beaten in
coverage as a cornerback and was on the spot as a safety.
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