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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quarterback play at the East/West Shrine game is underwhelming, and that's being diplomatic.— Jesse Reed (@JesseReed78) January 19, 2013
Daniel Jeremiah of @MoveTheSticks and NFL.com loved Devin Taylor:
Still need to watch tape on South Carolina DE Devin Taylor but he reminds me of Jay Richardson coming out of Ohio St..Great length and range— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 20, 2013
However, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report wasn't quite as impressed
Good showing by Devin Taylor, but must be noted he's playing against sub-par prospects. Telling that he didn't get Senior Bowl invite.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 19, 2013
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.
Utah St RB Kerwin Williams is a good little football player. Vision, quicks, can return kicks, catch the ball...— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 19, 2013
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