Army Bowl: Opinions & Observations

SAN ANTONIO – Dean Legge gives his opinions and observations from the US Army All-American Bowl Game.

TOO MUCH WIND? Of the dozens of players at the East team's practices today I noticed Tim Tebow the most. The quarterback struggled in the wind – I'm not certain why; maybe the players are tired of the long week, perhaps it was the wind (which was heavy), but he did not look good. In fact he looked nothing like his appearance on ESPN. Fearing sounding extremely partisan and biased: Tebow's arm is nothing compared to Georgia's Matthew Stafford. The two quarterbacks, however, will be in different offenses.

After today: I am certain Tebow would struggle in Mark Richt's offense the same why I am confident Stafford would struggle at Florida's spread offense.

The point is Tebow struggled, and I was not expecting that from a player that will be starting for the East on Saturday. After playing on Saturday, Tebow will be in classes at Florida on Monday.

PALMETTO PREPS: Ricky Sapp, an energetic Clemson commit, might have been the best talker of the players. He has been sitting out practices, but told me that he will play Saturday. I would be surprised if he can make any sort of go of it, however, because of the way he seemed limited in practice.

Sapp was trying to talk fellow South Carolinian Clifton Geathers into going to Clemson, but the Low Country prospect was not interested. It seems he is not interested in the Bulldogs, either. Don't be surprised if South Carolina and USC make it late in Geathers' list of teams.

PINKY PROBLEMS: When I conducted my interview with talented Maryland linebacker Akeem Hebron I extended my right hand to shake his, but he gave me his left. "They think I broke my right pinky," he said raising it for my inspection. I agreed – but I, obviously am not a doctor.

Still, Hebron's pinky was pointing slightly away from where it should have been going – there is something wrong with it; it is likely broken.

WATCHING YOU: Assistant coaches from Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU and Alabama – to name a few – watched the West team practice. One of the players on the West roster, David Ausberry will make his announcement on NBC this Saturday. He's from California and will pick between the Bulldogs, Ohio State and Southern Cal.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We blew it." – Vidal Hazelton when asked about Southern Cal's loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl. Hazelton, who once seriously considered the Bulldogs, committed to USC on December 30, 2005.

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