North Carolina ended a three year losing streak to South Carolina with a resounding 54-39 victory last Saturday in the Shrine Bowl. Pack Pride was on hand and takes a look back at how NC State's commitments and targets fared.
A trio of Wolfpack offensive line commitments were selected to the Shrine Bowl although Harrison Gee did not participate due to an injured foot. Kollin Byers got the start at right tackle while Joe Sculthorpe started at right guard. Both played a solid game with the majority of the NC squad's rushing yardage coming off their side.
Byers showed the ability to pull and he moves well but is under sized and will certainly need time before he's ready to compete on the FBS level. He got pushed arund at times in pass protection but with time, should certainly become bigger and stronger. Sculthorpe was equally effective at guard and is probably slightly ahead of the other two NC State commitments that were in the Shrine Bowl. He's an interior guy all the way and like Byers and Gee, will also need time to develop and mature before he's ready to contribute at NC State.
Isaiah Stallings started at safety and I never saw him leave the field on defense. He played a deep safety spot for the majority of the game and because of that was not in a position to make a lot of plays. Stallings did have a blocked extra point and we credited him with a couple of tackles. He has very good size and a ton of athleticism. The question I have is physicality. He didn't have a lot of opportunities but when he did, I felt like he could've attacked the play more aggressively.
QB Dylan Parham only received six snaps so it was impossible to get any feel for his game in this setting given the limited reps. He finished by completing 2 of 3 passes for five yards and had an interception. Parham also rushed twice for 12 yards.
One player that saw his stock shoot up over the course of the week was Rico Dowdle. I love his versatility. He led the North Carolina squad in receiving with five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Dowdle also rushed three times for 19 yards and had a 15 yard touchdown run. He is a shifty runner with great acceleration and he proved he could make plays as a running back or receiver and that's what colleges have him targeted to do on the next level.
Diondre Overton had a tough showing in the state championship game and that continued into the Shrine Bowl. He had no catches and was not a factor in the game.
Like Dowdle, Chavis Dawkins also had a nice week and he proved to be South Carolina's top receiving target in the first half. He finished as the Sandlappers top receiver with six catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns. All of those catches came in the first half as he had limited reps in the second half.
Dawkins isn't the fastest or the biggest receiver around but he runs very good routes and is able to translate that into windows for the quarterback. He has some of the nuances of the position down and that gives him an advantage. Dawkins may not have a ton of upside but technically he is a very solid and reliable receiver.