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January 1, 2009
SAN ANTONIO - Rivals.com looks at the top 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. 3 and broadcast live on NBC. Practices continued on Thursday and many of the nation's top juniors arrived in town for the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
COMBINE STARS ARRIVE
Many of the top juniors in the Class of 2010 arrived in San Antonio on Thursday for registration of the U.S. Army All-American Combine. The most impressive looking kid physically, was Richmond (Va.) King William defensive tackle Nick Acree. "He's this year's D.J. Fluker from a physical standpoint," Rivals.com's Mike Farrell said. "He's 6-6, 300 pounds and cut like nobody should be." Chapel Hill, N.C., offensive tackle Robert Crisp claimed that he was still wide open, but was looking at tearing it up at Friday's combine. "Tomorrow is when you prove you're for real," Crisp said.
BURFICT BLOWING IT OUT
Not a practice has gone by this week where five-star linebacker Vontaze Burfict of Corona (Calif.) Centennial has not made a play to distinguish himself as the hardest hitter on the West defense. During 11-on-11 work on Thursday, Burfict consistently got penetration creating havoc in the backfield. His hits have become a thing of much discussion by the West squad. Everybody now expects Burfict to destroy somebody in every practice, and the good news is that he's rewarded them with a daily dose of destruction.
EAST BANGED UP
Four-star linebacker Jarvis Jones missed Thursdays practice. Jones broke his hand during the season and was playing in a cast but aggravated it during Wednesday's scrimmage. Guard Chris Burnette was out of action with an ankle injury but he should be ready by Saturdays game. Jeremy Gallon, a Michigan wide receiver commit, irritated his groin and was used sparingly in Thursday's workout. There was some positive news regarding injuries, too. Five-star cornerback Darius Winston worked out Thursday and looked healthy after injuring his ankle in Mondays practice.
The Army All-Americans, select decorated Army veterans, Army Band All-Americans and coaches of the All-Americans were treated to BBQ Texas-style Thursday evening. The group of more than 200 dined on ribs, beef and beans at the U.S. Army Welcome BBQ at Pedrotti's Northwind Ranch. The world-famous ranch is located in the Texas Hill Country and is known for raising, training and showing world and congress champion horses.
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