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ATH Syvelle Newton (1:55)
There was simply no question about it. Syvelle Newton was the top playmaker on the field Saturday afternoon in Myrtle Beach at the North-South All Star Game. He had an extra gear that most everyone else lacked and he made the big plays when he had too.
The following highlights are contained in this 2-minute clip.
1. Newton completes a pass for a nice gain to Tremaine Billie.
2. Syvelle completes a long touchdown pass with the breeze at his back.
3. Newton completes another long pass after eluding the rush.
4. Newton throws an interception for his 2nd turnover of the afternoon.
5. Newton grabs a quick pass and heads upfield for big yardage.
6. Newton returns a punt while faking out several defenders.
The debate will rage on about his potential position at the next level, but from I saw, he's much more polished as a receiver than as a quarterback. Put the ball in his hands in the open field and good things will happen.
As a quarterback, he made several poor decisions on the afternoon. Once he was intercepted, and twice the ball was batted around in the secondary. It was obvious that he wanted to try and have a big game after being snubbed by the Shrine Bowl, and by all accounts he succeeded when he was named the South's offensive MVP for the game.
His arm strength was sound and his scrambling ability was spectacular. He also added a long touchdown run off the quarterback draw on a play that looked similar to the runs we've seen from former Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler.
On the recruiting front, Newton still favors South Carolina, even though he's set with an official visit to Clemson on January 10th.