ARMY Bowl: McDowell & Cole

Final thoughts on the performances of prospect Malik McDowel and U-M commit Mason Cole.

SAN ANTONIO – The West defeated the East 28-6 in the 14th annual U.S. Army All American Bowl Saturday afternoon in the Alamo Dome. Here GBW's report on the action from the game concerning players with Michigan interest.

Southfield four-Star DE Malik McDowell:

The talented defensive lineman didn't disappoint Saturday afternoon. While he didn't show up on the stat sheet with monster stats, McDowell, who played most of the game on the inside, made plenty of plays around the line of scrimmage. He also displayed a nice motor and was in heavy pursuit of the ball on many occasions. If East quarterbacks didn't know who McDowell was before the game, they knew who he was afterwards. He didn't record a sack, but had some nice hurries throughout the game. His best play came at the end of the third quarter, when McDowell made a tackle on 2nd-and-goal with the East looking to score. He is play maker on defense and if U-M lands him, he should make an immediate impact on defense.

Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake High four-star OT Mason Cole:

The future Michigan Wolverine didn't disappoint in his national debut. He may have been the best offensive lineman for either team based on today's performance. He displays a good combination of speed and power. He stands at 6-foot-4, 260-pounds, and while he most likely will need to redshirt once he lands in Ann Arbor – which will be in a couple days due to enrolling early – he is definitely someone the Michigan coaches should be excited about for the future of the offensive line.


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