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U.S. Army Bowl Practice Report: Day Three

SAN ANTONIO – What was billed as day of competition turned into a day of fun and laughs when turf at the Alamodome was transformed into a dance floor for both the East and West squads during the Skills Challenge at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The fun started during the wide receiver/defensive back gauntlet challenge where players run sideline to sideline and have to catch a series of seven passes fired their way while they are on the run. The drill was all business until East defensive tackle Tyler Stockton, a Notre Dame pledge, stepped in a took a turn which got a round of applause from both fans and players. Stockton’s solid showing was then followed up by laughable performances from East defensive tackle William Campbell and LSU commit Chris Davenport.

During the running back/linebacker challenge the West team, in an effort headed by Davenport, began doing dances to celebrate each individual victory. This resulted with a massive dance off in the north end zone at the end of the challenge that featured entertaining performances by Davenport, Campbell, West receiver Adam Hall, USC commit Terrance Metcalf and Texas commit Greg Timmons, who was the only Longhorn pledge to participate.

For what it’s worth, the West won the Skills Challenge 4-3.

The teams broke for lunch and then the Intra-Squad Scrimmages began with the West team treating their scrimmage time as more of a glorified practice session than a full on scrimmage.

For the first time all week the quarterback play for the West team was good, with Sulphur Springs’ Tyrik Rollison spearheading the effort. Rollison’s target of choice during the scrimmage was Timmons, who led the receivers on Wednesday with three touchdown receptions and another long pass reception on post route as he got behind fellow future Longhorn Marcus Davis.

The West defensive line continued to shine with Texas commits Calvin Howell and Alex Okafor both working with the first team defense as the front four was able to get constant pressure from off the edge and up the middle during the scrimmage session, especially early.

The linebackers continue to be led by USC commit Vonzate Burfict, who intercepted a screen pass during the scrimmage and continues to display a great deal of athleticism and explosiveness at the linebacker position.

Oklahoma commit Kevin Brent had a nice day in the secondary with an interception during the scrimmage and an even better looking pass breakup on a sure touchdown.