Chasing QBs

University of Arkansas commit Marcus Shavers starts at defensive end and comes up with four tackles and six quarterback hurries as his West team roars to a 35-3 win in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO - On a day when he never actually got to take the quarterback down, University of Arkansas commit Marcus Shavers at least made sure to put some extra mileage on the legs of the signal callers.

Shavers, a 6-4, 260-pound defensive end, had four tackles, one tackle for loss and six quarterback hurries as his West team roared to a 35-3 win Saturday over the East in the fourth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl before a crowd of just over 30,000 fans at the Alamodome.

One of those West touchdowns was a 13-yard catch by Fort Smith Southside wideout Slick Shelley, who remains involved with Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and South Carolina.

"I would have loved to have finally gotten my hands on those guys, but at least I made them run all over the place and more importantly we won," Shavers said. "That's always the biggest thing there."

Shavers, who committed to Arkansas last summer, started at defensive end and had five of those quarterback hurries before halftime as the West shook off a 3-0 deficit and roared back to post five unanswered touchdowns.

"There were a bunch of great athletes out here today and I was just blessed to be a part of it," Shavers said. "I did what I had to do and I hope I made all of the Razorback fans proud of me. We had a great groups of coaches and great players and came out just really played well."

Shavers did draw the ire of many of the Texas fans in attendance when he was showed on the jumbotron and promptly flashed an upside down Hook 'em Horns sign.

"That's what it's all about," Shavers said. "They know I am a Razorback for life now. It is all about Arkansas from here on out."

Shavers got to visit after the game with another future Razorback and current teammate Casey Dick, a quarterback who committed to Arkansas last summer as well.

"Casey Dick is a great quarterback," Shavers said. "To me he deserved to be here as much as (USC commit) Mark Sanchez and (Duke basketball commit) Greg Paulus did. The Arkansas people will see that in the future."

Dick wouldn't have been able to play anyway because of a tendon injury he suffered in the 11th game of his team's season.

"It's coming along good and I think I might even be able to play in an all-star game in two weeks," Dick said. "The doctor said I would be cleared to do anything by that time."

There were 17 players that committed during the contest, including four to Iowa and three to Tennessee.

"I'm just glad I got all of that out of the way a long time ago," Shavers said. "I'm now ready to start making things happen for Arkansas."

West wide receiver DeSean Jackson was named the game's MVP after catching seven passes for 141 yards and throwing for another score on a 45-yard pass Texas quarterback commit Ryan Perrilloux, who is still being recruited hard by LSU.

Jackson could have had two other touchdowns, but a 67-yard score was called back because of a penalty and he cost himself the other when he prematurely celebrated by leaping into the end zone.

Not only did Jackson come up short on his leap, but fumbled at the one and then his team was assessed a personal foul penalty.

"We all had a lot of fun out there today and I'm going to get the chance to see and play against a lot of these guys in college," Shavers said. "I just hope I am always on the winning end of things like I was today."

After losing his best friend in a car wreck to start the season, Saturday was a day to thank the man above according to Shavers.

"It's been a tough year from losing my best friend to not winning the state title when I thought we really had a chance," Shavers said. "Today I got to come out here and do my best and play in his honor and I will do the same thing in college."


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