Borg enjoying Bowl experience

SAN ANTONIO - Daniel Borg may be one of the best football players in the Tucson high school ranks, but that doesn't make him a star. While folks may recognize him from television and newspapers, he isn't a household name. In addition, playing in Tucson can limit the number of big time players you can face. Let's face it, Tucson lacks big time defensive linemen. A spot in the Army All-American Bowl has given Borg the chance to both face stiff competition and be something of a minor celebrity.

Borg's enthusiasm for the experience is very apparent.

"It's been great," Borg gushed. "It's been really fun playing against such great competition. "I think I've done well. I'll get beaten a few times and I'll beat them a few times. I think that is how it is for everyone out here. There's a lot of competition. It makes it fun. When you beat a guy you feel good about beating them."

Borg has played some decent players in Arizona and has gone up against some talented players at various team camps, but the past few days has seen him go up against some of the nation's better defensive ends and Borg seems to thrive on the competition.

"This is the nation's best guys," Borg said. "When you go to a team camp you're going to get the best guys in the area., not the best guys in the nation."

Borg has been one of the standouts of the event. He's not only becoming a media darling, but his coaches are thrilled with what he has done.

"He's been just great. I've been very pleased with him," said West assistant John Mack. "He's very coachable, listens and takes criticism well. He's gonna be a special player. I think he's going to need a year to get big and thick and strong, but I think he's going to be a great addition to their program."

His practice opponents have taken notice as well. He has spent all week going up against the likes of Marcus Shavers and Tyler Blum. Arkansas commit Shavers is rated as the 34th best DE in the nation, while Blum (Iowa verbal) is a 4-star recruit. Borg has held his own all week and during Thursday's practice he outplayed both talented players.

"He's just a real solid tackle," Blum said. "It's hard to get around him on the speed rush."

The fact that he has handled the speed rush is a minor surprise. Borg is not the swiftest players and has had to adjust to the quickness of these elite level players.

"The game speed is a lot different," Borg admitted. "It moves a lot faster. The first day everyone is having to get used to that, but by know they are a little more used to it. It is closer to college than anything, so it is more of an adjustment for everybody."

Borg has been particularly impressive with is pass blocking skills. He has done a great job of keeping his center of gravity low and using his balance and footwork to overcome a slight lack of strength and speed.

"He's very sound, said Mack. "He's been very well coached at his high school."

The football aspect has been a blast for Borg, but so has the many of the field activities. In addition to pep rallies and interactions with the military, Borg participated in a wheelchair football game and visited a children's hospital.

"We got to go out there and talk to those kids and sign autographs," Borg explained. "It feels good helping the community. It's a lot of fun. The kids come up to you, some talk football, some just are excited to see you. They are real supportive and are glad to see you." Borg has always been labeled as a ‘nice kid' and that comes through in all his interactions. He's a bright, well spoken young man. He seems to be well liked by his teammates and all those who has come in contact with him over the weekend." "He's very quiet,' said Mack. "He's very reserved. He doesn't show much emotion. Around the hotel he's very business like. He's everything I want in a ball player. A guy that's here to win a football game, not hoop and holler and act up."

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