Future Tigers Shine In All-Star Rout

Comments from Ryan Williams, Chaz Ramsey, Nick Fairley, Jared Cooper and Eltoro Freeman are featured in this Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic report.

Mobile, Ala.--A dominant all-around performance, led by the offensive line, paced Alabama to a record-setting 51-14 victory in the 20th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Auburn signees Nick Fairley, at right tackle, and Jared Cooper, at left tackle, were a big part of that domination. They constantly knocked their defenders off the line of scrimmage into the Mississippi secondary opening huge holes for the runners. The Alabama quarterbacks normally had a long time to look for receivers because of the excellent pass blocking.

Jared Cooper (left) is shown with teammate Caleb Thomas.

Cooper said he was surprised at the margin of victory. "I knew we had a good team, but I didn't think we would win like this," he said. "You always have a feeling going into the game you would win, but I didn't expect anything like this."

Fairley, the only player in Alabama history to play in both Alabama-Mississippi football and basketball all-star games, said he expected a big win. "They were talking all week so we had to show them who was the best," Fairley said.

"I got a lot of pancakes out there playing offensive tackle even though I thought I was going to be playing defensive end," Fairley added. "It was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of new people."

Nick Fairley (in white) had a dominating night at tackle.

Eltoro Freeman, who was probably the most impressive defensive player on the field, said he enjoyed the experience. He finished with one solo and four assists in the game.

"I played pretty good," the linebacker from Benjamin Russell said. "I would like to give thanks to the defensive line. They kept the blockers off me and I would like to give thanks to the coaching staff for putting in a good defensive game plan. We dominated the whole game."

The Alabama All-Stars allowed just six first downs to Mississippi while racking up 25 to go with 486 yards of total offense to 128 for the losing squad.

The only Auburn signee on the Mississippi squad, Guard Chaz Ramsey, was by far the best blocker on his team. He consistently beat whoever lined up in front of him. "I played a good game against some real good athletes," Ramsey said. "Our offense just didn't come together like it should have. We missed some blocks here and there. I am ready to get over to Auburn now."

Despite the lopsided loss, Ramsey said he enjoyed the experience. "It was a great experience playing with a bunch of people I will always remember. It will be interesting to see where everybody ends up in the future."

Chaz Ramsey (70 in blue) fought hard for four quarters but didn't have enough help.

Alabama cornerback Ryan Williams had two solo tackles and three assists on Saturday night. "The whole week of practice was really intense," he said. "Everything was fast paced and I felt like I improved a lot.

"We practiced hard and played hard," he added. "We came out gunning and I don't think Mississippi was ready for it. We ran the score up. It was an all-star game and we wanted the record."

Ryan Williams played cornerback for the winning team.

All-Star Game Notes: The Alabama all-stars improved their record to 14-6 all-time in the series...Prattville QB Larry Smith was named offensive MVP for the Alabama stars. He completed 12-26 passes for 193 yards with two touchdowns. The first one of the game was to Ralph Spry Jr., of Auburn High, a Minnesota signee who is the son of Auburn's head track and field coach. Spry had three catches for 29 yards...Auburn considered signing Spry and another East Alabama prep star, Eufaula High's Jerrell Jernigan, who was also impressive on Saturday night. He caught one pass for a 16-yard touchdown and ran the ball one time for 45 yards. He also had a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown called back due to a penalty.

Alabama signee, linebacker Rolando McClain of Decatur, was voted the defensive MVP although he had just one solo tackle. His big play was a blocked punt...Zach Smith of Susan Moore led the Alabama team in tackles with four solos and four assists. He signed to play QB for Mississippi State, but worked at DB in the game...The Alabama team led 17-7 at halftime and put the game out of reach with 20 unanswered points in the third quarter. The Alabama team outscored Mississippi 14-7 in the fourth period...Officials at the game said a taped delay telecast will be shown on CSS on June 14th.

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