January 2, 2007

U.S. Army AA Bowl Tuesday Hot 11: West

[rl] The daily Hot 11 from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com. This breakdown is for the West squad after Tuesday's practice sessions.

The West team at the Army All-American Game in San Antonio had scrimmage situations in the morning and afternoon practice sessions, here's Tuesday's Hot 11 for the West team.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Tuesday Hot 11: West

Terrance Toliver, WR, Hempstead (Texas)

Toliver clearly had the most dominant day. He scored the only two touchdowns of the scrimmages and he finished with a combined four catches for 77 yards. The West team has some very good defensive backs, but they still had problems matching up with the size and jumping ability of Toliver.

Chris Galippo, LB, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Galippo has a great nose for the football. Every time a big play happened on defense, Galippo seemed to be in the middle of it. Galippo came up and played the run very well, and he also managed to block two extra points on Tuesday. He looked like the leader of the West defense.

Joe McKnight, RB, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis

The best word to describe New Orleans running back/athlete Joe McKnight is "burst." McKnight has a great set of jets and he also has the ability to make a guy miss. During Tuesday's scrimmage, McKnight demonstrated his speed by bouncing a few runs to the outside.

Ryan Mallett, QB, Texarkana (Texas) Texas HS

Mallett has clearly become one of the more popular players on the West team. The players and coaches all love his attitude and his approach to the game. In the three years I've been covering the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Mallett has by far the strongest arm I've seen. He said after practice the longest he's thrown a football is 87 yards. Mallett demonstrated his arm strength on Tuesday by throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Tolliver. Mallett went 5-of-7 for 60 yards and two touchdowns during the West scrimmages. He also worked at punter and long snapper, and West head coach Jon Mack joked that they may try the 6-foot-7, 250 pound Mallett at left tackle or tight end.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

It's really fun to watch both Mallett and Westlake Jimmy Clausen in practice. Clausen is a clutch player, and he routinely made tough throws with defenders right in his face. After practice, a few of the West defensive linemen said it was frustrating going against Clausen because even when you apply pressure to him, he still makes the throw.

Everson Griffen, DE, Agua Fria (Ariz.) Avondale

The West defensive line doesn't have a lot of depth this year, and one player that will be counted on to carry the load is Agua Fria (Ariz.) Avondale defensive lineman Everson Griffin. During Tuesday's practice sessions, Griffin showed great burst off the line of scrimmage.

Donovan Warren, DB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Warren got a lot of action during Tuesday's practice. Even though he got beat a few times by Tolliver, he still played with a physical presence and broke up his fair share of passes. Warren also had a nice interception in the end zone.

Ryan Miller, OT, Littleton (Colo.) Columbine

The West team is loaded with great offensive linemen, but nobody passes the eyeball test better than Colorado commit Ryan Miller. The 6-foot-8 Miller looks like he could step into the NFL right now. I know the West quarterbacks also like having Miller protecting their blind side.

John Clay, RB, Racine (Wis.) Park

McKnight is the West team's speed back, but Racine (Wis.) Park running back John Clay is their power back. Clay is down to Wisconsin and Iowa, and it's easy to see why. Clay is your prototypical Big Ten back.

Marshall Jones, DB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive back Marshall Jones had a very impressive day. Jones broke up his fair share of passes and he also came up and filled the run well.

Simi Fili, DT, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood

Salt Lake City defensive tackle Simi Fili is listed on the roster at 315 pounds, but he's probably closer to 340 pounds. However, for his size, Fili moves like a player that's 250 pounds. He has very quick feet and the ability to blow his way through double teams.

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