January 5, 2007

U.S. Army AA Bowl Thursday Hot 11: East

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.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - In what can only be described as a fairly uneventful day for the East squad at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices, instruction seemed to be the main goal of the day although there was some live action. Here's Thursday's East Hot 11 led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor who has emerged as the best signal caller on his team.

Army All-American Bowl Thursday Hot 11: East

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Hampton (Va.)

Taylor was excellent all day whether it was working with Steve Clarkson on numerous different passing drills or dealing with a bad shotgun snap, rolling out and hitting tight end Aaron Hernandez in stride along the sidelines,. Taylor has emerged as the best quarterback on the East team.

Noel Devine, RB, North Fort Myers (Fla.)

Devine doesn't touch it much but when he does he displays uncanny cutting and start-stop ability. He broke a few ankles on Thursday on a couple of different carries and his toughness has earned him the respect of every defensive lineman.

Eric Berry, DB, Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside

Berry was all over the field on Thursday, running down some of the fastest players on the East in the flat and breaking well on the football. He was tested a few times deep and passed easily by making consistent plays.

Martez Wilson, DE, Chicago Simeon

Wilson once again used his long arms and his awesome speed to get in on numerous plays. He lines up wide outside the tackle and his quickness is very hard to contain. Wilson is agile enough to play linebacker or safety.

Lorenzo Edwards, DB, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater

Edwards is getting used to his new role at linebacker and has been very active. He's the quickest of the East linebackers laterally and was always around the ball on Thursday.

Torrey Davis, DT, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood

Davis has an excellent bull rush and works off that to make plays to the outside. The East team doesn't run between the tackles often so the defensive tackles have to be able to chase the play. Davis has been the best on the inside to do so.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Bristol (Conn.) Central

Hernandez isn't a physical freak like some other top tight ends over the years, but he's about as steady as they come. He always catches the ball smoothly, he runs well and can stretch the field and has great coordination. He's become the top target in the red zone for the East.

Ben Martin, DE, Cincinnati LaSalle

Feel bad for Chris Little, feel very bad. He's been victimized all week by Martin's speed to the outside and when he overcompensates for it, Martin ducks inside to get to the quarterback. His instincts make him a special rush end.

Ryan Pugh, OL, Hoover (Ala.)

Pugh was overmatched early in the week but consistently showed toughness and is starting to get the better of the inside battles. When Davis and Marvin Austin are inches from your face and you know they're bull rushing, it's not easy to anchor and hold the line. Pugh did it more consistently on Thursday than he has all week.

J'Courtney Williams, LB, Christchurch (Va.)

Williams is another safety learning the linebacker position so learning to move forward when the ball is snapped takes some time. But Williams ran down some plays on Thursday and was especially impressive in pass defense. He's come a long way since Monday.

Matt Simms, QB, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep

It doesn't look pretty when he throws the ball, but he did a much better job with accuracy and touch on Thursday. He was especially impressive working with Clarkson and seemed to gain confidence from it. Even though the ball comes from his shoulder, he zipped a few nice passes between defenders and was accurate on a couple of long passes.

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