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January 6, 2006

Hot 11: Speed and power combo

Note: The Hot 11 is a daily ranking of the top performers at the U.S. Army All-American game during that specific day's practice session. The following stems from observations and analysis from Wednesday's practice.

It's not surprising that two defensive linemen head our Hot 11 for Thursday, led by Gerald McCoy, who has been the most impressive defensive player on either squad. Fellow defensive tackle Jared Odrick had a fine day and there were many newcomers to the list including Myron Rolle and Adron Tennell. Here's Thursday's Hot 11, a solid combination of speed and power.

1. Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Oklahoma City native has probably been the most consistent player on the West team. McCoy is well schooled in his technique and he continues to be a force to reckon with in one-on-one drills. If he's lost a one-on-one battle, we haven't seen it yet.
2. Jared Odrick, DE, Lebanon, Pa.
The big man from Pennsylvania had his best day on Thursday, especially during the morning session where he could have had at least two sacks had he been allowed to tackle the quarterback. On one play he drove Connor Smith about seven yards back into the QB.
3. Vidal Hazelton, WR, Chatham, Va.
Vidal Hazelton has been very consistent all week and is still abusing cornerbacks when the ball is thrown to him. He was frustrated in the morning session a bit as the team worked to the opposite side of the field but came back and dominated in the second session.
4. Perrish Cox, CB, Waco, Texas
The 6-foot Cox is a bump-and-run specialist, and he has made life miserable for the West receivers. Cox has broken up passes, he blocked an extra point attempt and he also blew-up a two-point conversation in practice. He's very physical all over the field and can run.
5. Adron Tennell, WR, Irving, Texas
Tennell has used his size and speed to come down with several nice catches in practice this week. Tennell, along with Deon Beasley have emerged as the top two wide receivers on the West squad.
6. Myron Rolle, S, Princeton, N.J.
Rolle flashed his coverage skills on Thursday and showed his athleticism matching up well with slot receivers. He didn't over-commit and supported the run well and used his long frame to discourage passes thrown his way.
7. Jevan Snead, QB, Stephenville, Texas
The Longhorn commit showed very good accuracy in the drills that offensive coordinator Todd Dodge had his quarterbacks do on Thursday. Snead has the strongest arm of the three quarterbacks on the West team and he came into practice on an emotional high after Texas's win over USC on Wednesday night.
8. Clifton Geathers, DE, Carvers Bay, S.C.
Geathers has found his niche at defensive end, using his long arms and surprising quickness to give linemen fits. He batted down a wide receiver screen on one play and would have had two sacks if allowed to hit the quarterback. His size makes his a disruption in the passing game.
9. Konrad Reuland, TE, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Reuland is the most physically imposing tight end on either team in San Antonio and he's really showed up in practice the last two days. Rueland has done a good job of coming down with balls over the middle and making plays in traffic.
10. Percy Harvin, WR, Virginia Beach, Va.
Harvin's touches were limited on Thursday, but he still drew noise and amazement from his teammates when he took a reverse 30+ yards around end. Once he turns the corner, he's at top speed and angles don't matter much.
11. Chad Roark, OL, Ada, Okla.
The talk of the West has been the play of the defensive line, but Oklahoma commit Chad Roark held his own against the nation's best defensive linemen on Thursday. Roark won two out of three from the nation's top ranked defensive tackle Al Woods, and he also handled Joseph Faifili in one-on-one work. He has good leverage and technique and he does a nice job of playing low.



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