U.S. Army Bowl: West Photo Gallery
Raymond Henderson is one of the most physically gifted athletes on the field.
It took about ten seconds to pick out Dajleon Farr and Martellus Bennett, because the tight ends towered above nearly all of their teammates.
Yesterday it looked like Brandon Tatum had the frame of a linebacker prospect, but he showed in drills at 6-2 and 190 pounds, that he can be a very good safety on the college level. He has long arms and turns well in coverage.
The defensive line for the West squad is just ferocious. DeMarcus Granger got Josh McNeil's vote for hardest hitter on the line. Jerrell Powe is big, quick, and tenacious. Raymond Henderson and Marcus Shavers look like they are ready to suit up for college tomorrow. The defensive line handled the West's offensive line pretty handily today, but after getting their pride hurt a little bit, they should bounce back with better practices as the week rolls on. From Left: Raymond Henderson, Jerrell Powe, DeMarcus Granger, and Marcus Shavers.
It was not all bad for the outsized offensive line today on Monday though. Josh McNeil of Mississippi and Texas native Reginald Youngblood more than held their own. McNeil went every snap of practice at center today, and Youngblood looks like a star in the making.
If the offensive line can keep the East's defensive linemen out of the offensive backfield, the West has the tools on offense to light up the scoreboard. Scout.com's #1 and #2 ranked quarterbacks in the country in Mark Sanchez and Ryan Perrilloux both looked sharp today throwing several nice catches to a talented group of receivers including DeSean Jackson, David Nelson, and David Gettis (Perrilloux Shown).
Should the passing game not work out, the tailbacks in the backfield are equally as talented as the quarterbacks. The headliners in the group include Jonathan Stewart and Marlon Lucky (Stewart Shown).
The linebacking corp. looks to be in good hands this year as well with Ryan Reynolds and Rey Maualuga leading the charge (Reynolds Shown).
Eye openers: David Nelson. Nelson is every bit of 6-5 and showed his versatility when he went low to pull a pass off of his shoe tops and kept running down field.
Reggie Smith of Edmond, Okla. got the attention of the west quarterbacks in a hurry with two quick interceptions in seven on sevens.
Ryan Perrilloux had the best throw on the day with a tight seam route to David Gettis for a 45 yard touchdown.
Nelson didn't win all of the battles, but he won more than his fair share. Derek Pegues fended him off for a nice interception on an under thrown ball, and Nelson retaliated almost immediately by fighting off two defenders for a long touchdown throw from Sanchez.
When the west went to a goal line formation, it didn't take long to find big tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett and Farr are going to cause matchup problems all over the field for the East squad, and look for the West to try and get both of them into the game at the same time.
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