2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
2006 Team Roster
2006 Coaches Staff
RECAP - 2006 U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
January 7, 2006
Past Bowl's have introduced America to current collegiate stars like Vince Young, Reggie Bush, and Brady Quinn in addition to providing college fans with a glimpse of how their recruiting seasons have fared. The 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl once again featured the highest level of competition and the nation's biggest signees.
Leading the way was Pete Dawkins MVP Chris Wells. Chris ran for three touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per rush as his size and athleticism was too much for the West's defense to stop. The East's defense featured three great performances by Maurice Evans (DE, Penn State), Robert Rose (DE, Ohio State) and Rasheon McNeil (DB, Notre Dame). The West was led by Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma) and Texas Longhorn Quarterback Committee Jevan Snead.
The battle for the Boone Trophy began with a fight for field position as the East's defense dominanted the West's passing attack. The East pushed the West back into their own endzone and gave their special teams a chance to gain field position advantage. Following a solid special teams
In the end, the East defeated the West by the score of 27-16 in the annual Bowl game.
Several of the key players from the nation's top recruiting classes made the difference in propelling their schools higher in the recruiting rankings including Percy Harvin, Gerald McCoy, David Ausberry, and Jevan Snead. Notre Dame led the way with eleven U.S. Army All-Americans, USC followed up with eight U.S. Army All-Americans, Texas and Florida signed seven Army All-Americans a piece and Michigan came in with a last minute push to grab five U.S. Army All-Americans.
How the college football fared in recruiting U.S. Army All-Americans:
Notre Dame 11
Penn State 4
Ohio State 3
Texas A&M 3
Arizona State 1
Florida State 1
Kansas State 1
North Carolina 1
Oklahoma St. 1
Texas Tech 1
COLLEGE COMMITMENTS ANNOUNCED DURING BOWL:
Emmanuel Moody, Coppell (Coppell, TX.) Committed to USC
Brandon Spikes, Crest (Shelby, NC.) Committed to Florida
Jai Eugene, Destrehan (Destrehan, LA.) Committed to Michigan
Joseph Fafilli, Granger (West Valley City, UT) Committed to Utah
Derrick Hill, MC Clymond (Oakland, CA) Committed to Cal
Matt Carufel, Cretin-Derham Hall (St.Paul, MN.) Committed to Notre Dame
Maurice Evans, Christ The Kings (Middle Village, NY) Committed to Penn State
A.J. Wallace, MC Donough (Pomfret MD.) Committed to Penn State
Robert Rose, Glenville (Cleveland, OH) Committed to Ohio State
Terrance Austin, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA) Committed to UCLA
Jarrell Miller, Highland Springs (Highland Springs, VA) Committed to North Carolina
Butch Lewis, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO.) Committed to USC
Allen Bradford, Colton (Colton, CA) Committed to USC
Demarco Murray, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV.) Committed to Oklahoma
David Ausberry, Lemoore (Lemoore, CA.) Committed to USC
Scoring Summary: East: 27 - West: 16
1st 10:54 East: TD– Wells, 2 yard run (Bosher kick)
2nd 11:18 West: TD– Beasley, 22 yard pass from Snead (Forbath kick)
3rd 9:29 East: TD– Wells, 5 yard run (kick failed)
3rd 8:31 West: FG– Forbath 37 yard kick
4th 11:09 East: TD– Wells, 5 yard run (Bosher kick)
4th 6:59 East: TD– McNeil, 65 yard fumble recovery (Bosher kick)
4th 1:35 West: TD– Austin, 9 yard pass from Snead (kick failed)
For post game player recaps and analysis see below.
DAVID AUSBERRY WEST
#9 WIDE RECEIVER (STARTER) LEMOORE, CALIF. USC (LIVE)
Ausberry the starting wide out for the West at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl looked and played like the next great NFL wide receiver. Throughout U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week he showcased his ability run precise routes and make the big catch over defenders. Ausberry led the West wide outs with a 24.0 yard per catch average and made it clear that he could get open against the nation's top defensive cover men. Ausberry committed to USC during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He chose USC over Ohio State and Georgia.
Other Notes: PARADE Player of the Year Official Nominee.
Key Play: Ausberry made one of the key plays for the West offense as he hauled in a 40 yard catch and made an athletic centerfield turn to haul in the ball.
TAYLOR MAYS WEST
#2 FREE SAFETY (STARTER) SEATTLE, WASH. USC
Starting free safety at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Mays showed his ability to run with the speedy wide outs and cover the slots. Mays was tasked with covering Florida commitment Percy Harvin when he was in the slot and all but shut him down. Mays opposed future teammate Antwine Perez during the Bowl but in their free time during the week these two started creating a bond that Trojan fans can't help but get excited about. Mays received the Walter Payton Trophy at the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as the nations most dedicated high school football player.
Other Notes: Winner of the Walter Payton Trophy, AFL Ironman of the Year Official Nominee
STAFON JOHNSON WEST
#13 SAFETY/TAILBACK LOS ANGELES, CALIF. USC
Stafon played both ways at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a running back and safety. At the tailback position Johnson led the West rushing attack with a 5.8 yard per carry average. At the safety position in a pass heavy game the East refused to through the ball down the middle because of Johnson's tremendous range and physical play.
Other Notes: AFL Ironman of the Year Official Nominee
ANTWINE PEREZ EAST
#4 SAFETY (STARTER) CAMDEN, NJ USC
Perez dished out some of the biggest hits at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The New Jersey native's reputation as a big hitter forced the West quarterbacks to throw the ball towards the sidelines. The West's adjustment allowed Perez to show off his range and ability to get off the hash. Perez and Mays should prove to be one of college footballs best safety combinations.
RAESHON MCNEIL EAST
#20 CORNERBACK (STARTER) COOLEEMEE, NC NOTRE DAME
McNeil's stock rose more than any other U.S. Army All-American as he turned in a near perfect game at the cornerback position. Raeshon kept the talented West wide outs in check all afternoon, but that didn't stop the West quarterbacks from testing him. The West threw at Raeshon several times throughout the course of the game and Raeshon answered the challenge each time. Late in the game, McNeil locked up the East victory after picking up a blocked field goal and returning it for a 65 yard touchdown.
Other Notes: U.S. Army Scholar Athlete (4.10)
KONRAD REULAND WEST
#88 TIGHT END (STARTER) MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. NOTRE DAME
Reuland earned the U.S. Army All-American Bowl starting tight end position for the West team. Reuland arguably the nation's #1 tight end made the toughest of catches look easy and proved to be the West's most dependable receiver. He used his body position and big frame to shield off would be defenders like Myron Rolle (FSU) and Antwine Perez (USC) and gave his quarterbacks a big target to hit.
Other Notes: U.S. Army Scholar Athlete (3.85)
JAI EUGENE WEST
#11 CORNERBACK (STARTER) DESTREHAN, LA (LSU)
Eugene did an excellent job covering the nation's most exciting and dynamic wide receivers Percy Harvin and Vidal Hazleton. Eugene the one time high school quarterback made his national debut as a defensive back and did not disappoint. Jai was able to show that he could cover as well as come up and make the big hit. Jai finished the game with 4.5 tackles and plenty of big cover plays.
AL WOODS WEST
#99 DEFENSIVE TACKLE (STARTER) ELTON, LA (LSU)
Showcased his pure power and great pass rush against the nation's elite offensive linemen at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Woods battled inside the trenches throughout the Bowl and was one of the major reasons the East had so much trouble getting their offense going throughout the game. Woods posted a tackle for a loss and a sack in the West's defensive efforts.
Other Notes: U.S. Army Scholar Athlete
TIM TEBOW EAST
#5 QUARTERBACK (STARTER) JACKSONVILLE, FL (FLORIDA)
Assumed the leadership position on the East Squad early on in the week and helped his team recapture the Boone Trophy in 2006. Tebow mixed-up the East's offensive attack with his strong arm and tough running style challenging the West defense to try to stop him. Tim joined U.S. Army All-American Alum Chris Leak as the second Florida committee to start and win the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Other Notes: PARADE Player of the Year Official Finalist, U.S. Army Scholar Athlete (3.65),
PERCY HARVIN EAST
#11 WIDE RECEIVER VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (FLORIDA)
Percy demonstrated early on in the game why he is considered to be the nation's most exciting player. Harvin turned in the games most exciting run as he took a reverse and scattered back and forth across the field showing signs of great things to come for Gator fans. The Virginia Beach native's threatening speed and excellent route running ability opened up the running game for the East running backs which ultimately led them to victory.
Other Notes: PARADE Player of the Year Official Finalist, AFL Ironman of the Year Finalist
BRANDON SPIKES EAST
#51 LINEBACKER (STARTER) SHELBY, NC (FLORIDA (LIVE))
Spikes showcased his physical play as he made biggest hits and tough plays from his linebacker position. Spikes also showed off his speed as he had to track down some of the fastest tailbacks in country. Spikes announced he would attend the University of Florida during the Bowl. Brandon chose Florida over Virginia Tech and Alabama.
KEN BEASLEY WEST
#7 WIDE RECEIVER (STARTER) ORANGE, TEXAS (TEXAS)
Earned the starting slot receiver and kick returner positions for the West team at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Ken did a spectacular job returning kicks during the Bowl and was recognized as the West's most exciting player. At the slot position he showcased his ability to make the acrobatic catch and be the go to wide receiver against the nations top defenders. Beasley has the intangibles and the pure talent to be an instant star next season for the Longhorns. Beasley's performance during the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl made a strong case for him to be considered the nation's top slot receiver.
JEVAN SNEAD WEST
#18 QUARTERBACK STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS (TEXAS)
Snead made his argument as the nation's top dual threat quarterback at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Snead proved to be the most efficient U.S. Army All-American quarterback as he had a 43.8% completion rate with 133 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Snead put Longhorn fans future uncertainty at the quarterback position to ease as he showcased his rushing ability and his rocket arm. Snead even showed his touch as he connected with his future Longhorn teammate Ken Beasley on a wheel route during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
GERALD MCCOY WEST
#97 DEFENSIVE LINE (STARTER) OKLAHOMA CITY, OK OKLAHOMA
One of the starting Defensive Tackles for the West team during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The most dominant defensive player during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. McCoy went up against the nation's elite offensive linemen and still could not be stopped. The West U.S. Army All-American Team tried double teaming and even triple teaming McCoy but McCoy's tenacity and power could not be stopped. McCoy led the West with two sacks, a caused fumble, one tackle for a loss and several pressures.
DEMARCO MURRAY WEST
#22 RUNNING BACK LAS VEGAS, NEV. OKLAHOMA (LIVE)
At the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Murray announced to the nation he would be heading to play for the Sooner nation. Murray will be joining U.S. Army All-American Alum and former teammate Ryan Reynolds at Oklahoma. Murray showcased his pure speed and playmaking ability during practices throughout the week. Murray will look to compliment U.S. Army All-American Alum Adrian Peterson next year at Oklahoma.
BRANDON GRAHAM EAST
#55 LINEBACKER (STARTER) DETROIT, MI MICHIGAN
As the first every U.S. Army All-American to represent the state of Michigan, Graham laid big hits on the West QB's all afternoon. Brandon showed outstanding range at the linebacker position and made it difficult for the West's offense to ever get in a rhythm. Graham also threw a key block that sprung Raeshon McNeil during a 65 yard blocked-field goal return.
CHRIS WELLS EAST
#32 RUNNING BACK (STARTER) AKRON, OHIO OHIO STATE
The Pete Dawkins MVP put on one of the most dominating performances in U.S. Army All-American Bowl history. Wells, bruised and shredded his way through the West defense on his way to rushing for three touchdowns and leading the East to a 27-16 victory. Wells tied Brian Toal (Boston College) the record for most touchdowns scored in a U.S. Army All-American Bowl three.
ROBERT ROSE EAST
DEFENSIVE LINE (STARTER) CLEVELAND, OHIO OHIO STATE
Rose spent all afternoon blowing across the line of scrimmage and terrorizing the West QBs. The Glenville High School U.S. Army All-American kept the West offensive line on their heals throughout the bowl and held constant pressure on the Mustain, Snead, and Freeman.
MAURICE EVANS EAST
#45 DEFENSIVE LINE (STARTER) BROOKLYN, NY PSU
Evans dominated the line of scrimmage all afternoon and gave out some of the biggest hits of the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was in the backfield on nearly every play and recorded a bruising sacks on West QBs Josh Freeman and Jevan Snead.
AJ WALLACE EAST
#7 DEFENSIVE BACK (STARTER) WALDORF, MARYLAND PSU
Wallace played a large role in calming the hype surrounding the West quarterbacks all week. Along with the other East defensive backs, Wallace shut down the West wide receivers all afternoon and recorded an interception off of Josh Freeman late in the second half.