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Army Daily Rewind: West skills win out

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. 3 and broadcast live on NBC. Practices continued on Wednesday with a scrimmage inside the Alamodome and a Skills Challenge.
The West came out ahead Wednesday in the U.S. Army All-America Skills Challenge, winning in the last event. However, the West came out on fire right away boosted by some incredible kicks from Chris Boswell and Jackson Rice. After winning the field goal challenge by nailing 10 of 12 kicks, including two 50-yarders, Boswell combined with Rice in the red zone challenge. The two hit a total of three kicks inside the 20-yard line. The West quarterbacks also looked good, including Alabama pledge AJ McCarron.
Early in the week, some of the other players were giving Greg Timmons a hard time for his retro Kid and Play hi-top fade. They're not making fun of him now. In Wednesday's scrimmage, Timmons, a 6-foot-3, 191-pound receiver from Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower, had three impressive touchdown grabs, including one when he leap up over a defender in the back corner of the end zone. The defender was draped all over him, but he had little trouble going up and getting the ball. He did more of the same throughout the practice, continuing what has been an impressive week of practice.
While Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby star Willie Downs is listed as an receiver, this week he is proving quite clearly that he's one of the most multi-talented athletes in the game. In Wednesday's scrimmage he looks like he's found a home at safety. He did a great job in situations where he was called to cover a receiver man-to-man in the slot from the safety position, including a pickoff on a long post pattern. Downs also came up and closed on the ball when it was thrown in the flat on several plays and delivered big blows. He also looked good in a few key situations as a receiver on slip screens and underneath patterns, but it's very clear he's found a home at safety here in the Army game.
The Skills Competition came to a 20-minute standstill when an impromptu dance competition between the East and West broke out. After Adam Hall and Jeremy Gallon challenged each other to a summersault and flip competition after each scored touchdowns, D.J. Fluker came up and told both players that they don't know how to celebrate. And from there it was on. Soul Train had nothing on any of the guys that busted a move. Timmons, Fluker, William Campbell, Chris Metcalf and others all did their best to impress, and the video from the Rivals.com AMP team has to go into the classic vault.
After a relatively light week of contact so far, the East team stepped up and really popped the pads at Wednesday's scrimmage. It even got so physical that offensive lineman Eric Shrive and defensive tackle John Simon ended up shoving and pushing each other to the ground where they wrestled for about 20 seconds. Tight end Orson Charles and linebacker Shayne Skov got into verbally following a tough Skov tackle. And Kevin Newsome was wobbly following a blast from Skov, forcing Newsome to miss the rest of the scrimmage.
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