January 4, 2007

East Meets West AA Bowl Thursday Hot 11: East

The daily Hot 11 from the East-West Bowl highlights 11 of the top performers during a specific day of practice/workouts as determined by Rivals.com. This breakdown is for the East squad after Thursday's practice sessions.

It was our first day in Orlando to see the East prepare for the West and many players stood out in the morning and afternoon sessions. Leading the way on Thursday was Michigan commitment Jerimy Finch.

East Meets West All-American Bowl Thursday Hot 11: The East

Jerimy Finch, DB, Indianapolis (Ind.), Warren Central

Finch played as good as he looked on Thursday. He can cover, he can play the run, and he did those things in both sessions. He had a couple pass break-ups in the morning session and he had to hold back a few big hits on Thursday.

Maukice Pouncey, OL, Lakeland (Fla.), Lakeland

Pouncey was dominant in both sessions on Thursday. He was playing guard and he paved the way for many of Jonathan Dwyer's better runs inside. He drove the defenders off the ball all day.

Kerry Neal, DE, Bunn (N.C.), Bunn High

Neal is a terror off the edge. He really gets up the field quickly and he explodes off the ball. Offensive tackles had a hard time with him on Thursday.

Michael Pouncey, OL, Lakeland (Fla.), Lakeland

The Pouncey's are were either loved or hated on Thursday during the practices. If you were lined up beside them on the offensive line, then you loved them. If you were a defensive lineman or a linebacker, then you hated them. He is very athletic and he controlled the line of scrimmage.

DeMarcus VanDyke, DB, Miami (Fla.), M.E. Pace

Van Dyke not only was shutting receivers down on Thursday, but he was also a force on special teams. He returned a kick-off about 90-yards for a touchdown and did a good job against Leonard Hankerson and Israel Troupe during one on ones.

John Brown, DL, Lakeland (Fla.), Lakeland

Brown was beaten one time early and it didn't happen the rest of the day. He showed quickness off the line and he stopped the run all day. He was in the backfield many times during team practice.

Jonathan Dwyer. RB, Marietta (Ga.), Kell

Dwyer showed a great burst out of the backfield on Thursday. In the morning session, he bolted to the outside when the original whole closed and went 40-yards untouched before the whistle was blown. He showed good hands as a receiver today as well.

Peter Lalich, QB, Springfield (Va.), West Springfield

Lalich showed great pocket awareness and accuracy on Thursday. When the pocket collapsed a few times, he didn't panic, but he would step up or get outside, and look down field. He was very consistent in the morning and afternoon.

Andrew Dailey, LB, Massilon (Ohio), Washington

Dailey showed the ability to cover and move well in open field today. He was playing off blocks well and doing a good job of getting to the football.

Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Toledo (Ohio), Central Catholic

He may be small, but he is tough. He made catch after catch Thursday if the ball was within reach. The play of the day for Sanzenbacher was when he made a great grab on a bad pass before going out of bounds. He runs good routes and has great hands.

Rennie Curran, LB, Snellville (Ga.), Brookwood

Curran moved across the field real well on Thursday. He did a good job of playing off the ball and getting to the football. He got his hands on a few balls too in coverage today to break up passes across the middle. Coaches said if they need help at safety, then Curran could be the guy that makes that move.

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