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January 3, 2008
SAN ANTONIO – Rivals.com looks at the top five news items from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio 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 will be played at 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 5 and broadcasted live on NBC. Wednesday was the Skill's Competition and then both teams had full pad practices in the Alamodome.
1) JUNIORS ARRIVE FOR COMBINE
Top junior prospects started to trickle in for registration early Thursday and it continued throughout the day as some of the nation's best recruits get ready for Friday's U.S. Army National Combine at the Alamodome. One of the biggest stories coming out of registration was Jacobbi McDaniel, the nation's top-ranked DT in the 2009 class from Greenville (Fla.) Madison County, saying Florida leads over Florida State and many others.
2) JOHNSON MISSES PRACTICE
Cornerback Patrick Johnson missed the early part of Thursday's practice with a bruised elbow he sustained in practice a few days ago. Johnson made news later in the day when he said he had called Ohio State coach Jim Tressel but said it was nothing more than a friendly conversation. Johnson is expected to pick LSU, Florida or Florida State during Saturday's game. He said he will be 100 percent for the game and that his elbow is not a concern.
3) DEBOSKIE PICKS CAL
The Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton running back planned to announce his college decision at the U.S. Army game but it leaked out early that Covaughn DeBoskie had committed to Cal over Arizona State. He cited the chance at early playing time as his main factor. Rivals.com rates DeBoskie as the No. 13 all-purpose back nationally.
4) GRAY MEETS MAYOR
East running back Jonas Gray met San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger and presented him with a signed football. Gray also thanked the Army and Rotary Club. The Notre Dame commit missed the early practice to attend the event but returned for the afternoon. His ankle injury is healing up and he was jogging during the workout. Signs are positive that he will play.
5) MOORE TOLD TO TONE IT DOWN
West safety Rahim Moore might want to save some of those mean hits for Saturday's game. Moore whacked Dan Buckner in the end zone and then put a serious shot on tight end Austin Holt, who stayed on the ground for several minutes. Holt had the wind knocked out of him and is fine. There was no plan to tackle so hard. Moore must have missed that memo.
Also, West coach Bob Jones said he does not know which quarterback – Dayne Crist, Andrew Luck or Blaine Gabbert – will start the game. Jones plans to rotate the three quarterbacks each series and said he might use rock, paper, scissors to determine the starter.