January 1, 2008

Offense-Defense: Daily Rewind

FT. LAUDERDALE - Rivals.com takes a look at the top five news items of the day at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale in the Daily Rewind. Each day Rivals.com will breakdown the biggest news, player injuries and updated recruiting news in a compact and easy to digest format. The game is set be played on Friday, January 4th at 8 p.m. Players began practice today and will do so through the end of the week.

1. West Injuries

The West had three players on the sideline by the end of Tuesday afternoon's practice. Leading the way is Rivals100 lineman Armond Armstead who came into the week with an injured knee due to basketball, it's unclear when and if he'll play. Also injured were fellow four-star end Chase Clement with a thigh and offensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu who appeared to tweak his ankle.

2. East Linebackers Late to Practice

The East features some of the top linebackers in the country with four-star prospects Mike Zordich, Bruce Taylor, Brandon Beachum, Marcus Dowtin and Mike Yancich. All except for Yancich were missing for the first hour of practice Tuesday afternoon.

3. Jeff Fuller Comes to Play

Texas A&M wide receiver commitment Jeff Fuller will likely see his stock rise if he continues to play like he did on Tuesday. Fuller dominated the West cornerbacks, especially the No. 4 rated corner in the country, Aaron Hester, catching two balls over the UCLA-bound prospect including one amazing tip reception in which he tiptoed the sideline as well. Fuller could be approaching 6-6 now at wideout.

4. Boykin Doesn't Disappoint

Georgia cornerback commit Brandon Boykin stepped up in a big way today hauling in two interceptions as he had his way with the East receivers. Clearly the matchup between Boykin and the West wideouts will be one to watch on Friday.

5. West Quarterback Surprise

Beau Sweeney and Matt Scott came into the O-D Bowl as the favorites to start on Friday, but the underdog in the race, Oklahoma prospect Nathan Stanley has jumped out after the first day. Stanley is huge at 6-foot-5 and has a cannon for an arm, he showed good poise in the pocket and solid decision-making.

Final roster changes: West linebacker Kyle Mangan was delayed in getting to Fort Lauderdale and came in after practice Tuesday, East quarterback Jacory Harris, running back Jeremiah Harden, cornerback Jerome Swinton will not be playing in the O-D Bowl and were replaced by wide receiver Phillip Pierre-Louis and quarterback Orhian Johnson.

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