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January 2, 2008
SAN ANTONIO – Rivals.com looks at the top five news items from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in the Daily Rewind. Each day Rivals.com will breakdown the biggest news, player injuries and updated recruiting news in a compact and easy to digest format. The game will be played at 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 5 and broadcasted live on NBC. Wednesday was the Skill's Competition and then both teams had full pad practices in the Alamodome.
1) EAST WINS SKILLS COMPETITION
Whether it was kicking, elusiveness, accuracy or strength, the East was the best at Wednesday's Skills Competition in the Alamodome. The West quarterbacks were definitely impressive as Blaine Gabbert, Dayne Crist and Andrew Luck were all on the money. East quarterback Star Jackson continued to impress with a solid showing in the skills competition. Ryan Williams was the star of the competition, though, as he put on some nifty moves in the shake-and-bake drill. His moves would have made Michael Jackson jealous. Sam McGuffie also put on a show when he did a front roll over R.J. Washington while the five-star defensive end was standing there. NFL legend Steve DeBerg was also on hand to lead the quarterbacks through the skills competition.
2) MEET THE MEDIA
Media from all over the country descended on the Alamodome for a meet and greet with the Army All-Americans. Along with interviews with the Rivals.com AMP crew and other media outlets, the players also spent time talking to the NBC cameras. The interviews will be sent back to the local NBC affiliates for broadcast in the All-American's home towns.
3) T.J. BRYANT TO LSU?
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell reported that LSU has the edge for T.J. Bryant. Sources indicated to Farrell even though LSU leads, the loss of Bo Pelini has him confused about the Tigers. Bryant will not talk to anybody this week about his college choices. He did not practice again on Wednesday but should be ready to go in Saturday's game.
4) PERRY REDUCES LIST
Rivals.com's Josh Helmholdt reported that four-star, Rivals100 defensive end Nick Perry has reduced his list to four schools – Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Miami. Perry will visit USC on Jan. 18, Michigan on Jan. 25 and Miami on Feb. 1. He has already taken an official visit to Michigan State.
5) GRAY GETS GOOD NEWS
East running back Jonas Gray had X-rays taken on his injured ankle Wednesday afternoon. The X-rays were negative and there's a chance the Rivals100 running back could be back in action in Thursday's practices.