January 4, 2007

U.S. Army AA Bowl Wednesday Hot 11: West

[rl] 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. This breakdown is for the West squad after Wednesday's practice sessions.

For the second day in a row, Hempstead (Texas) wide receiver Terrance Toliver leads the way on the West Hot 11.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive back Donovan Warren was also impressive, and is not far behind Toliver.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Wednesday Hot 11: West

Terrance Toliver, WR, Hempstead (Texas)

For the second day in a row, Hempstead (Texas) wide receiver Terrance Toliver tops the Hot 11 list for the West. Toliver once again stole the show with his ability to catch the ball in coverage. In Wednesday's scrimmage, Toliver scored the only touchdown of the day. He has scored all three of the West's touchdowns in their scrimmages the last two days.

Donovan Warren, DB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Donovan Warren has received rave reviews from his West teammates for his ability to play tight press coverage. A few people that have been around the Army game for a while think Warren is as good a corner that has been in San Antonio over the last few years.

Joe McKnight, RB, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis

During Wednesday's scrimmage, New Orleans (La.) John Curtis running back Joe McKnight had the biggest play for the West when he bounced a run to the outside for close to 50 yards. However, McKnight went down with an ankle injury on Wednesday, so it will be interesting to see how it affects his play over the next few days.

Everson Griffen, DE, Agua Fria (Ariz.) Avondale

Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria defensive lineman Everson Griffen is special. A few of the West quarterbacks were joking on Wednesday that they are glad West head coach Jon Mack doesn't allow contact to the quarterback in practice, because Griffen would have laid some big-time hits on them.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

The thing that stood out the most about Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Jimmy Clausen's day on Wednesday is the consistency with which he played. You rarely see Clausen make a mistake or have a mental breakdown. He has really started to develop a rhythm with the rest of the West offensive players.

Marshall Jones, DB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

It's scary to think how good Oaks Christian must be with players like Clausen and Marshall Jones. The West squad is loaded with great talent at defensive back, and Jones demonstrated his skills by picking off Texarkana (Texas) quarterback Ryan Mallett during Wednesday's scrimmage.

Matt Romine, OT, Tulsa (Okla.) Union

The West offensive line is also one of the strongest areas of this year's team, and Tulsa (Okla.) Union tackle Matt Romine led the way on Wednesday with his solid play up front.

Niles Paul, WR, Omaha (Neb.) North

No player on the West squad has shown more improvement each day than Omaha (Neb.) North wide receiver Niles Paul. During Wednesday's scrimmage, Paul had two big plays, including a screen pass he took 20 yards after doing a nice job of reading his blockers. Paul has no doubt become the West's short-yardage and possession receiver.

Chris Galippo, LB, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite linebacker Chris Galippo didn't have quite the day he had on Tuesday, but he's still a disruptive force to be reckoned with on the field.

Myles Wade, DT, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

Portland defensive tackle Myles Wade had a strong scrimmage on Wednesday. Grant showed his athleticism on one play where he ran down West quarterback Nick Fanuzzi to tackle him for a big loss.

Tray Allen, OL, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prarie

South Grand Prairie (Texas) offensive lineman Tray Allen has the versatility to play guard or tackle, and he's one of the anchors of the West's front line.

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