|1. Easily the best player on the field
for either team on Saturday and throughout the week certainly was Derek Nicholson. Nicholson anchored a defense that gave up just 2.7 yards
per rush and earned North Carolina defensive MVP honors with seven tackles
including three for loss. The four star linebacker was all over the
field flowing with the ball, reacting quickly, and bursting to the ball.
|2. Jamie Robinson dominated his side
of the field throughout the practices against his Sandlapper teammates and
followed that up with a lockdown game on Saturday. The quick-rising
cornerback allowed only two completions with seven passes in his direction
while focing three pass breakups and one interception as time wound down.
|3. Mohamed Massaquoi could be the most
polished wide receiver in the nation. His precision routes and body
control around the sidelines quickly reminds many of former NFL All-Pro
Chris Carter. He adeptly created good space for the North Carolina
quarterbacks, who all trust him, and the four star wide receiver's ability
to pick the ball up quickly in the air allow them to throw the ball before
he breaks off his route.
|4. Game MVP J.C. Neal showed off his
speed during each of the practices from his South Carolina strong safety
position, but his ability to read the quarterback helped him land the top
honors. Throughout the game, Neal's versatility was apparent in run
support, blitz packages, and pass coverage. Only a slight stumble kept
this star out of the endzone on his first interception return.
|5. While some were unimpressed by his
forteen rushes for 52 yards, it was the manner in which the yardage came for
running back Toney Baker. With just two holes all day, both ended up
with over ten yards each, Baker made people miss with subtle, though deadly,
moves and broke at least two tackles on each of his runs. He was also
the best play on either team throughout the practices
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