January 6, 2007

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Hot 11


SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Practice is what it is - practice. It's telling in many respects because it can be a good indication of what a player has or doesn't have and his level of desire. But everyone knows that what really matters is what happens when the lights are on and the consequences are real. Following the West's 24-7 domination of the East at the U.S. Army All American Bowl, it's little surprise that Chris Galippo and many other West stars dominate the game's Hot 11.

Army All-American Bowl Hot 11

Chris Galippo, LB, West

Galippo's name was called so often during the game that it became synonymous with tackle. The USC-bound linebacker was everywhere on the field for the West, leading the team in tackles and keeping the East running and passing game in check.

Everson Griffen, DE, West

Griffen said he was getting tired of the East squad's smack talk and he was going to quiet them in the game. He might not have shut up everyone, but his play was key to the West's win. Griffen had a sack where he simply blew past an attempted double team, he had two pressures and he recovered a fumble. He was basically as good as expected.

Noel Devine, RB, East

Devine is probably the only player in the country who can be the talk of the game from just one play. His 87-yard kickoff return was a perfect example of Devine's strengths. He saw a hole, he accelerated and he was gone…almost. Had his not stumbled after his cut back, he would have scored but regardless he provided the most exciting play of the game.

Ryan Mallett, QB, West

Say what you will about Mallett's mobility, it doesn't seem to matter. He has that cannon of an arm and when he gets time he can pick a defense apart. But the most impressive throw that Mallett made was when he scrambled to his right to buy some time and hit Niles Paul for a touchdown. Mallett can buy enough time and his other skills are very impressive.

David Green, K, West

It's not often a kicker gets in the Hot 11, but Green was very impressive. He kicked a All American Bowl record three field goals from 22,28 and 27 yards and he boomed a punt 46 yards and pinned the East inside their own 10-yard line. Green was a difference maker for the West.

Donovan Warren, DB, West

Warren was the best cornerback on either team throughout the week and he continued his stellar play in the game. The East tested Warren deep a couple of times and weren't able to beat him. Warren can run with anyone and is excellent in man coverage.

Gary Gray, DB, East

Gray had an excellent game as he was tested deep and held up. The West threw at Terrance Toliver four times when he was singled up on Gray and he caught only one pass. Gray was dominant on one series in the first half where he had a nice tackle on Toliver, excellent coverage on Toliver, excellent coverage on John Chiles and a near interception of Nick Fanuzzi.

Tray Allen, OL, West

Allen was moved to tackle mid-week because he was the best choice to handle the speed of the East defensive ends and protect the blind side of Mallett and Jimmy Clausen. Ben Martin and Martez Wilson didn't have big games and much of that was due to Allen's blocking.

Terrance Toliver, WR, West

Toliver caught a touchdown pass and nearly came up with the play of the game on a nice catch of a fade pass from Clausen in the end zone. He came within inches of a two touchdown game and was a favorite target all game.

Eugene Clifford, DB, East

Clifford had two interceptions in a losing effort including a very impressive pick of a pass to the end zone from Fanuzzi to stall a drive. Clifford showed excellent ball skills on each interception.

Curtis Brown, DB, West

Brown sniffed out a reverse early in the game and tackled Tyrod Taylor for a loss and then jumped a Taylor pass for an interception that led to a touchdown.

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