NCAA Football: East-West Shrine Game – East Preview
The 93rd Annual East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida is an amazing accomplishment for all NCAA Football players. The Shrine Game is an important cornerstone in the NFL and in NCAA Football, providing top college football players a chance to showcase their football talents to NFL and a national audience. This preview is going to be all about the East Team, and what key players to watch out for in this matchup, with that being said, let’s meet the players and the coaches.
Head Coach Jonathan Hayes of the East Team, is currently the tight ends coach of The Cincinnati Bengals. He is going to be attempting to lead the East Team to a victory against the West Team. While Coach Hayes is looking to lead the team to victory, players on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball are looking to end their college careers on a high note. With that being said, here are four players to be on the watch for. Two on offense and two on defense.
Quinton Flowers: The main reason The University Of South Florida was so successful this year, was because of the arm and leg of Quarterback Quinton Flowers. Tallying over 2,900 passing yards and over 1,000 rushing yards. He also combined for 36 Touchdowns, Flowers led USF to a victory in the Birmingham Bowl, before his NFL adventure. When Flowers gets into the game, be on the lookout for his dual-threat abilities. Also look for him to spread the defense out.
Riley Ferguson: I know what you are thinking, another Quarterback?!?! Well, he is the complete opposite of Flowers. Riley Ferguson of The University of Memphis passed for over 4,000 yards and 38 touchdowns. Therefore, he will be able to throw the ball all over The West Team Defense. Riley has a great decision-making and knows when to get rid of the ball, to avoid the sack. Ferguson was unable to close out his season with a bowl win. Nonetheless, he is looking to lead The East Team, to a victory and to improve his draft stock.
Tre Flowers: The Safety from Oklahoma State University, who put up 80 total tackles this season, is looking to shut down The West Team offense. Flowers has had a successful career at OSU. As a result, he was able to cap the year off with victory in The Camping World Bowl. Flowers had 12 total tackles in that bowl game.
Matthew Thomas: Thomas racked up over 85 total tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble for Florida State University. For a linebacker, these are incredible feats. He will look to continue to run rampant against The West Team offense.
With the help of an experienced NFL coaching staff, these NCAA Football players are going to gain a huge boost of confidence before their combine workout. With these four key players on both sides of the ball, I believe that The East Team will be able to beat The West Team. Hence improving their draft stock!