Winners and Losers from 2013 Under Armour and Army All-American Game
As we recap both the Army and Under Armour games from this past weekend, the shake out and outcome of both games always has a ton of perspectives and news. This year is no different, and this following piece should be a pretty interesting read for you.
There's always winners and losers of games, but the final score at these types of contests don't really matter. The winners and losers come from the performances and recruiting news.
Looking back at both games, I've identified some players who played pretty well while a few others didn't look so hot. Here are the winners and losers from both the Army and Under Armour games.
Loser: Ricky Seals-Jones
Ricky Seals-Jones is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered during the season, but he was targeted six times and failed to come down with a catch at the Army game.
He got loose deep on an early play and the ball was thrown accurately and with great touch, but for some reason Seals-Jones didn't flash his hands and catch the ball.
I still like him a lot as a prospect, but I expected more from Seals-Jones.
Winner: Ben Boulware
Ben Boulware had a great week of practice and earned the respect of his teammates at the Under Armour game so much that he was named a team captain.
Boulware, from South Carolina, made a few stops from his linebacker position and did his version of the sexy Val Venis-Clay Matthews dance.
The 6'1", 230-pound has great toughness and got great news during the game when defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko announced he would join him at Clemson.
Loser: Thomas Tyner
Thomas Tyner has outstanding speed and is one of my top-10 running back prospects. Yet, one of my concerns about him is lack of consistency to press interior holes.
Tyner looks to get to the edges too quickly because he knows he's extremely fast. He learned during the Army game that everyone in college will be fast and he'll need to keep defenses honest by pressing holes and running tough inside.
He finished with just 14 yards on four carries.
Winner: James Quick
James Quick had three receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown, and also returned a kickoff 31 yards during the Army game. The 6'0", 185-pound wide receiver also announced he would be attending Louisville during the contest too.
It was a great day for Quick, who showed off his speed, athleticism and quickness enough to win player of the game honors.
Loser: Shane Morris
Morris was fine when he was during the Under Armour game, but he took a vicious shot from Matthew Thomas that I think will have him thinking twice about running and sliding more often.
Winner: Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry played in the Army game and rushed 10 times for 53 yards a touchdown. The big 6'3", 240-pounder may have quieted down the naysayers about him being too big to play running back at Alabama.
Henry showed solid lateral quickness and ran strong, hard and tough. I think he comes out a winner because now the ATH moniker some have on him will be changed to RB.
Loser: Tyrone Swoopes
Tyrone Swoopes is a great athlete who stands 6'4", 229 pounds. He's a dual-threat quarterback from Texas, but Swoopes needs a lot of work.
This was his chance to show everyone that he can play quarterback and hush all the doubters. Well, in his first play in during the Army game, he was stripped by Alquadin Muhammad and failed to complete any of his passes.
Swoopes should be fine in Austin, but the "project" label he has on himself was not removed.
Winner: Reuben Foster
Sure, Reuben Foster didn't play his best football this fall. I'll say that.
Yet, he was never knocked down on my board because I'm convinced that when he's right, Foster is an elite prospect.
He came to the Under Armour game week focused, in shape and had several excellent practices. He capped it off with a game where he made several tackles, looked more fluid in space and coverage, and showed people why he's the best 'backer prospect to come out in years.
Winner: Vernon Hargreaves
The cornerback was outstanding during the Under Armour game and that followed a great week of practice. Hargreaves made several big-time plays and won game MVP honors.
This is a special prospect at the cornerback position who has the mental smarts along with the athletic ability to somehow get on the field as a true freshman at Florida in 2013.
Hargreaves has NFL ability, instincts and program-pillar-player potential.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.