Tuesday, May 19, 2009

DEBUT: "4th and Long"

Six defensive backs and six wide receivers are brought to Texas' famous Cotton Bowl to compete for the chance to participate in the next Dallas Cowboys training camp. The host is Michael Irvin. Here are the teams:

DEFENSIVE BACKS (the X team that had their locker room at the west side of the stadium):
Donte Gamble (San Diego State University; had three interceptions in first Arena League Football game)
Erick Jackson (University of Texas; ranked as the #9 safety in the nation coming out of high school)
Stephen Andrews (College of New Jersey; made the All-Conference Eastern College Athletic Conference team in his senior year)
Eddie Moten (Texas A&M Kingsville and played for Arena Football's Philadelphia Soul; he was named to the All-Arena First Team three years ago)

Ahmaad Smith (Tennessee State University; AIFA Defensive MVP)
Moses Washington (University of Oklahoma; ranked #1 in the nation for the 800M run)
COACH: Bill Bates


WIDE RECEIVERS (the O team that had their locker room at the east side of the stadium):
Preston McGann (Orlando Rage; was the MVP of the semi-pro league last year)
Andrew Hawkins (University of Toledo; first two-way player at said college in 40 years)
Luke Swan (University of Wisconsin; in his career, he has 60 receptions, 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns)
Jesse Holley (University of North Carolina; second all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference in consecutive games with a reception and a former basketball player)

Montrell Jones (University of Tennessee; named All Big East Special Teams in 2004)
Steve "Speedy" Gonzalez (Philadelphia Soul; was both the team's and the Arena Football League's MVP back in 2005)
COACH: Joe Avezzano


Former football player Nate Newton served as the host's assistant.

Evaluation Drill: In "Gunned Down", each player had a chance to be the Gunner in a punt return drill.

Preston: TACKLED
Speedy:
TACKLED
Luke: TACKLED
Erick: TACKLED

Montrell: TOUCHDOWN
Stephen: STOPPED
Andrew: ESCAPED
Eddie: TOUCHDOWN

Conditioning Test: Everybody had to run down the entire football field (110 yards worth) within 17 seconds. Let's show the times for the first two heats:

Heat 1: 14 seconds
Heat 2: 16 seconds

They ran up and down the field a total of 18 times, a total of 1,980 yards. Montrell Jones threw up in the middle of all that.

DECISION DRILL: Everybody now had to do the 40-yard dash. Afterwards, the coaches and the hosts looked over everybody's progress and decided which player would be cut.

Jesse: 4.75
Luke: 4.8
Montrell: 4.85
Stephen: 4.66
Moses: 4.63
Speedy: INJURED
Andrew: 4.59

Afterwards, everybody went to the Cotton Bowl's film room and in came former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson to do a speech.

Then, after Michael and the coaches reviewed everybody's progress while viewing the tape in the war room, Nate was then asked to bring in to the war room the the week's three worst players- Stephen Andrews, Speedy Gonzalez & Montrell Jones. The first guy ever to be cut on this show turns out to be...












Stephen
Speedy
Montrell

...Stephen Andrews. Montrell Jones escaped elimination despite the fact that he was overweight.

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