Florida All-Stars win CaliFlorida Bowl, 24-22

MIAMI --- The Califorida Bowl Game is in the books, a 24-22 win for Florida Sunday night at the Orange Bowl. The game was a showcase for some of the best high school players in the country. Here are some capsules of a few players who show up prominently on the University of Florida's recruiting radar:

O.J. MURDOCK: Florida quarterbacks Harrison Beck and Jonathan Garner had their eyes locked all night on the high stepping Fred Rouse. This hurt Murdock's production for the most part, but he did haul in 3 catches on the night. Murdock showed good hands in the flats and caught two of his passes in traffic. His speed on the short passing game was excellent.

VLADIMIR RICHARD: The 6-4, 255-pound defensive linemen from Sunrise Piper had a solid night up front. Richard has the size already to make an impact on the depth chart if he can put on 10 to 15 pounds, but he had good form tonight along the line of scrimmage. With Kenny Parker leaving along the line, his depth will be much welcomed in Gainesville.

A Gator commitment, at one point Richard put on a Tennessee Volunteer hat while sitting on the bench, laughing it up. Gator fans can only hold out hope that he was kidding around in doing this.

KENDRICK STEWART: Though he hasn't received a Florida offer, the Lakeland defensive tackle had a monster game. When he wasn't somersaulting and back flipping, Stewart was wreaking havoc on the California backfield. He finished the night with 2 sacks and several tackles for losses. The question lingers if the new staff will offer. His size (6-0, 275) seems to be the only thing that is holding him back from getting one.

GERALD WILLIAMS: Word out of Miami this week was that Williams was tearing apart the practices leading up to the game. The big linebacker proved he can do it in the game as well. At 6-5, Williams towered over every other linebacker over the Florida side. Williams had two tackles and showed his athleticism in fielding a pooch kick return. He showed he has both power and speed on that return as he simply bowled over one tackler.

AVERY ATKINS: Amid swirling rumors that he would commit to the University of Miami during the game, Atkins played a quietly dominating game on his side of the ball. Atkins only had one pass completed to his side and he immediately wrapped up the California receiver for the tackle.

Perhaps his most impressive play of the night came in the first half on the goal line. On a bubble screen pass to a receiver lined up in the trips formation left, Atkins used a swim move to get past one of the receivers who was trying to block him, blew by the second and then nailed the pass catcher. He finished the night unofficially with five tackles including several in which he stuck the opposing team player straight up.

TYLLER ROBERTS: Roberts lined up the opposite corner from Atkins and he had a superb night. The Orlando Edgewater product had two interceptions off California's Mark Sanchez. He's tall (6-1) and his speed is deceptive. He had no problems in coverage. His big game probably raised his stock with Coach Urban Meyer and the Gators, whom he is scheduled to visit.

"I'll visit on the 22nd of January," he said. "They'll talk to me about a scholarship when I get there. Coach Meyer called (prior to the state finals) and just told me that he's waiting on my scores to get in and he'll tell me a little more about Florida."

DESEAN JACKSON: Jackson was the MVP of the California side in my opinion. The wide receiver out of Long Beach Poly was explosive in every facet of the game. From special teams, to receiver Jackson's night was incredible. He had two punt returns for over 30 yards for the California team, both times showing afterburner speed. Jackson had a catch for 58 yards in which he burnt one-time Florida commitment Demetrice Morley. He also had a TD catch of 68 yards on a hook pattern in which he turned, then simply outsprinted the entire Florida team.


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