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Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas awards

MORESHRINEBOWL:
Whatwelearned
SPARTANBURG,S.C.-Lastweek,Rivals.comanalystsAdam
FriedmanandWoodyWommackwereinSpartanburg,S.C.,fortheShrineBowlofthe
Carolinas,whichincludedmultiplepracticesleadinguptoSaturday'sgame.Here
aretheirawards:
Bestofthe
ShrineBowl
FastestPlayer
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T.J.Logan,RB,Greensboro(N.C.)NorthernGuilford:
Easilythefastestplayeroneitherteam,Logancangofromastandstillto
fullspeedinseeminglynotime.Hisexplosivenessandabilityto
acceleratewerenoticeablybetterthaneveryotherplayer's,especiallywhen
returningpuntsandkicks.
CornerbackChocolateWilsonalsodeservestobementionedbecause
opposingreceiversrarelygotpasthim.
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D.J.ParkClickSTRONGESTPLAYERHeretoviewthisLink.,OL,Dillon(S.C.):
Parkneutralizedalmosteverydefenderhegothishandson.Oneofthe
biggestandmostimposinglinemenonthefield,Park'simpressivestrengthwas
ondisplayallweek,whetherhewaspassblockingorrunblocking.
Defensivetackle
GregGilmorewasaclosesecond.Hewaspushing
aroundoffensivelinemenonalmosteverysnap.
BESTHANDS
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Mike WilliamsClick Here to view this Link., WR, Santee (S.C.) Lake Marion:
Williams caught most of the catchable balls thrown his way. Whether it was
short, intermediate or deep routes, Williams was very sure-handed throughout
all of the practices and really gained the trust of the quarterbacks.
Malcolm Green showed good hands this week and
deserves a mention.
BEST FEET
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Tramel TerryClick Here to view this Link., ATH, Goose Creek (S.C.):
Terry was great off the line and ran very crisp routes throughout the week
of practice. The future Georgia Bulldog can make cuts on a dime and
make defenders miss. On more than one occasion this week in practice, Terry
caught a pass in the flat, dodged a would-be tackler and tightroped
the sideline.
Mykal Moody was also a great route runner. The way he cut
while running his routes caused defenders to hesitate because they were unsure of where Moody would go.
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Pharoh CooperClick BEST AFTER THE CATCHHere to view this Link., ATH, Havelock (N.C.):
Cooper was all but untouchable with the ball in his hands. Whether
he got the ball on a handoff, as a wildcat quarterback or a receiver, he was
a threat to take it to the house. He had a 45-yard touchdown run in
the game. The South Carolina commit made would-be tacklers
look silly in open space.
Tramel Terry was also elusive and took a few catches the distance in
practice.
BEST ARM
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Noah Suber, QB, Asheville (N.C.) T.C. Roberson:
Suber continually took deep shots and fired lasers to wide
receivers during practice. Sometimes the ball would go through the
receiver's hands because it was thrown so hard.
Keiston Smith also showed his arm strength, launching some deep
balls.
MOST ACCURATE
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B.J. Beecher, QB, Concord (N.C.):
Beecher was the most accurate this week, and it was mostly because
of his footwork and the timing he developed with wide receivers. Beecher
was able to take the snap, drop back and deliver the ball to where it needed
to be, putting it in a spot where it was easy for the receivers to
catch.
Michael Julian was a little less consistent than Beecher but was
still completing many of his passes.
BEST VISION
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Romelo Doctor, RB, Summerville (S.C.) Ashley Ridge:
Doctor had a solid week of practice and excelled in the
game. He had 27 yards and a touchdown and showed he can see holes
before they open. Doctor was good at running inside and outside and finding
the cutback lanes.
Larenz Bryant was almost always in the right position and read his
keys well. They way he flew to the ball all week made it seem like he
knew the play before it happened.
 
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Ben BoulwareClick MOST PHYSICALHere to view this Link., LB, Anderson (S.C.) T. L. Hanna:
Boulware was the most physical player. Normally, at
all-star practices, there isn't any full contact, but the future
Clemson Tiger was playing until the echo of the whistle.
Players joked on the sideline that they should duck him so they
don't get hurt.
Gilmore was aggressive on the defensive line and made
sure the offensive linemen knew what he is capable of.
BEST TACKLER
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Ben
Boulware, LB, Anderson (S.C.) T. L. Hanna:
He may have looked lost at times in practice, but Boulware was all over the
field during the game. He had nine tackles and an interception, making his presence felt. Boulware needs to work on his open-field tackling, but he had a solid overall effort.
If Boulware was the best tackler, Larenz Bryant was a close second. He
really laid the wood, especially on the kickoff team.
TOUGHEST TO BLOCK
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Lewis Neal, DE, Wilson (N.C.) Hunt:
Simply put, Neal is a beast. He was easily the toughest assignment for any
offensive lineman, especially in the game. His size, strength and quickness
at the snap made him almost unstoppable, and he was disruptive the majority of the
time.
Tyquan Lewis played out of position at outside linebacker but shed blocks and made plays plenty of times.
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Tyrone CrowderClick BEST BLOCKERHere to view this Link., OL, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County:
Though Crowder may not look like a BCS lineman, he plays like
one. He had good technique when pass blocking and was very strong when
run blocking. Crowder even showed mobility when he pulled on
traps and counters.
Fellow North Carolina offensive lineman Patrick Roane showed
the physicality, technique and mobility of a BCS lineman.
BIGGEST SURPRISE
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Pharoh
Cooper, ATH, Havelock (N.C.):
We knew about Cooper's speed and playmaking abilities before Shrine
Bowl practices started, but his ability to make defenders miss in space and
make catches downfield were much better than anticipated. His athleticism
and versatility were a shocker.
After the week of practice that Tramel Terry had, there were high
expectations coming into the game. He never lived up to those expectations
after fumbling and getting hurt on the opening kickoff.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
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Greg
Gilmore, DT, Hope Mills (N.C.) South View:
Gilmore was a beast all week in practice but laid an egg in the
game, not recording a single tackle. He was pretty much a nonfactor, unable to get off his blocks. Gilmore was very aggressive all week but
seemed to get tired and complacent as the game went on.
Devante Covington has a big frame and a lot of potential but was
not able to make many plays.
 
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Carlis ParkerClick Here to view this Link., QB, Statesville (N.C.):
Parker says he wants to be a quarterback but when he lined up as a
wide receiver or defensive back, his natural abilities were easy to see.
Parker is a great athlete and, with some work on his technique and footwork,
he could become a really good cornerback.
Devante Covington's big frame, quickness and athleticism will serve him well
at the next level but he needs to get stronger and study the game more. He's
definitely one to watch for as a junior or senior.
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