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January 4, 2008

Army All-American Bowl: The matchups

SAN ANTONIO - The winner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will likely be the squad that plays the best as a team, but much will be determined by individual matchups as well.

Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell takes a look at some of the key matchups for Saturday's game.

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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Matchups
QB Terrelle Pryor vs. LB Lynn Katoa

Katoa may not look great physically, but he can move and anticipates the play well. With the offense the East will be running, it will be his job to shadow Pryor and make sure he doesn't make big plays. He also can't bite up too much when Pryor gets out of the pocket or the middle will be wide open. Katoa has his work cut out for him because he's clearly not as quick as Pryor. Edge: Pryor

RB Darrell Scott vs. LB Nigel Bradham

Bradham can move for a big man, even better than expected, but he will have a challenge with Scott. Scott likes to break things outside and Bradham's ability to go sideline to sideline will be key to chasing down Scott. If Bradham can be kept clean by a strong defensive line, we'll see if he can take the right angle and tackle the best back in the country. Edge: Scott

WR DeVier Posey vs. CB Robert Golden

Golden has been consistent and impressive in practice, but the West doesn't have a receiver as smooth as Posey on its roster. Posey runs precise routes and Golden needs to be physical enough to keep him off balance without drawing a penalty. Posey has the edge, but can the East quarterbacks be consistent with their throws? Edge: Posey

OT Mike Adams vs. DE R.J. Washington

This looks like a mismatch on paper. Washington doesn't have the strength to work inside or bull rush Adams, so he'll have to try to beat him outside or with counter moves. Adams has the footwork and sheer power to dominate, even with Washington's ability off the edge. Edge: Adams

C Mike Golic vs. DT Baker Steinkuhler

This could get scary unless Golic gets help. He just doesn't have the bulk or strength at this point to handle a beast like Steinkuhler. The key here will be the amount of help guards Barrett Jones and Lucas Nix can give. However, keep in mind that Lawrence Guy has been disruptive in practice as well. Edge: Steinkuhler

DE William Green vs. OT Matt Kalil

This is an exciting matchup. Kalil is technically sound and uses his wingspan well on outside rushes. Green is as quick off the snap as any rush end in this game, and he also has a nice spin move. Green doesn't have the bulk needed to go at Kalil, so if he gets into his body he'll have trouble. However, Green gets outside he'll be OK. Edge: Even

WR Michael Floyd vs. CB Patrick Johnson

Floyd has been the most consistent wideout for the West and catches everything thrown at him. He's an effective route runner as well. Johnson is like glue on receivers. He closes well and plays the deep ball exceptionally. But the key will be his ability to tackle in the open field with the West's short passing game. Floyd can be shifty, but not shifty enough to get past Johnson. Edge: Johnson

DT Marcus Forston vs. OG J.B. Shugarts

Shugarts will get help from C Ben Habern, but the East also has Brandon Newman inside. The only way Forston is stopped in this game is if the East coaches decide to have him stay along the line to play the run and guard against inside screens. If his coaches set him free, Forston will get to the West quarterbacks if they drop back deep. Edge: Forston

QB Dayne Crist vs. S Darius Barksdale

I don't expect the West to try to go deep in this game much, which means Barksdale will have to step up his game and be ready for short passes. Barksdale has struggled all week in coverage and hasn't looked as interested to be here as some others. Part of the reason likely is because he wants to play running back. Barksdale needs to focus, or the West wideouts will be running free in the middle of the field. Edge: Crist

RB Sam McGuffie vs. LB Arthur Brown

McGuffie is arguably the most explosive player - aside from QB Terrelle Pryor - on either squad. Brown and fellow outside linebacker Etienne Sabino will try to keep McGuffie from getting outside and breaking off long runs. Brown has shown the tendency to overcommit. If he does so against McGuffie, he could be in trouble. However, the East linebackers are just too quick to allow any huge plays. Edge: Brown

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