January 9, 2006

Game Balls: The All-American Bowl's best

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl had several key performers and moments. Rivals.com has compiled our offensive and defensive players of the game from both the East and the West squads, and we've also handed out the hit of the game, the most electrifying play of the game and the best pancake of the game in this exclusive feature.

East offensive game ball: Chris Wells
This is a pretty easy decision. Akron, Ohio, Garfield running back Chris Wells came into the Army game as the nation's No. 1 ranked running back and he didn't disappoint with his 13-carry, 67-yard, three-touchdown performance. Wells showed a solid combination of power and speed and he really took some of the West defenders to school in the second half.
East defensive game ball: Raeshon McNeil
Mocksville, N.C., Davie County defensive back Raeshon McNeil had an up-and-down week of practice in San Antonio, but the 6-foot, 175-pound Notre Dame commit came to play on Saturday. McNeil did a solid job in coverage and he also turned the game around when he scooped up a blocked field for a 65-yard touchdown return.
West offensive game ball: Jevan Snead
Stephenville, Texas, quarterback Jevan Snead started his first ever high school game in the Alamo Dome as a sophomore and he ended his high school career there with a solid performance in the U.S. Army Bowl. Snead led the West on its only two scoring drives by throwing a pair of touchdown passes, and he also showed the ability to run when he had to.
West defensive game ball: Gerald McCoy
Five-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was virtually unstoppable in practice this past week and he was the only defensive lineman on the West that made his presence felt on Saturday. McCoy had the West's only two quarterback sacks and also forced a fumble.
Hit of the game: Antwine Perez
East defensive back Antwine Perez had easily the hardest hit of the game when he leveled West quarterback Mitch Mustain in the third quarter. Perez can bring the wood and he probably tattooed Mustain with the hardest hit he's ever taken in his career.
Pancake of the game: Andre Smith
Birmingham, Ala., Huffman offensive lineman Andre Smith simply dominated the line of scrimmage in the U.S. Army All-American game. Smith's best moment came in the second quarter when he blew up Elton, La., defensive tackle Al Woods on play were East quarterback Tim Tebow broke off a 16-yard run.
Most electrifying play of the game: Percy Harvin
Virginia Beach, Va., Landstown wide receiver Percy Harvin didn't get as many touches as he would've liked in the U.S. Army game, but he had a national television audience jumping out of their chairs with his 18-yard Reggie Bush-like run that came off a reverse in the first quarter. Harvin showed this kind of explosion all week in practice.


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