East-West Shrine Game 2013: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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East-West Shrine Game 2013: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

The West handled the East, 28-13, in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, but this college all-star game is more about the charity (Shriners Hospital for Children) than the score. 

There wasn't much to get excited about in this one. Beyond a few NFL prospects, it was clear why this isn't considered the premier college all-star game.

 

The Quarterbacks

There were far more playmakers on the West side, and it showed in the final score. The quarterbacks were especially weak for the East. Not one signal-caller from the East squad did especially well for themselves in the game.

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Western Michigan's Alex Carder

The guys under center for the West weren't overwhelming, but at least they found the end zone. Arizona's Matt Scott completed three of four passes and threw for the only passing touchdown of the game.

Western Michigan's Alex Carder was sharp, completing nine of 11 throws for 95 yards.

The trio of Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron, Kansas State's Collin Klein and Southeastern Louisiana's Nathan Stanley were underwhelming.

Cameron threw a pick-six right before halftime. Klein was inaccurate on most of his throws. He completed just three of six passes for the game. Stanley looked to have the most skills as a passer, but he is still extremely raw. 

The group was a combined 10-of-24 for 95 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

Army's Trent Steelman played quarterback in college, but he came to this game as a wide receiver/Wildcat option. He scored a touchdown in that role and looked very good every time he hit the field.

 

Top Performers

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South Carolina's Devin Thomas

For the West, Texas A&M running back Christine Michael showed flashes of the skill that made him a solid prospect before injuries impeded his progress as a sophomore and junior. He had 13 rushes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

The most impressive player of either team was South Carolina's sky-scraping defensive end Devin Taylor. At 6'8", 275 pounds, he has intriguing size for the defensive line. In the game he showed skills just as impressive as his frame.

Taylor's solid speed produced a sack, multiple tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He was a load for every offensive tackle who lined up in front of him.

This monstrous kid could have moved into the second round with his performance. If he follows this up with an impressive showing in workouts and the NFL combine, don't be surprised to hear his name called in the first round.

He looked that good.

Twitter had something to say about Saturday's action, and here are a few of the noteworthy tweets.

 

Twitter Reaction

Bleacher Report's official Twitter account captures a nice side-by-side comparison of Florida State's Nick Moody's face mask and Bane's (from The Dark Knight Rises) facial contraption.

 

It wasn't just me who thought the quarterback play was poor, as Bleacher Report NFL columnist Jesse Reed chimes in on the men taking the snaps.


Daniel Jeremiah of @MoveTheSticks and NFL.com loved Devin Taylor:

 

However, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report wasn't quite as impressed

 

He didn't get as many touches as Michael, but Kerwynn Williams looks good. He rushed for 27 yards on seven carries, had a 37-yard kickoff return and a punt return. Jeremiah noticed Williams' versatility.

 

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