The Shrine Bowl Top Five

The Shrine Bowl showed off the top talent in both North and South Carolina, but for the top players it was a stage to shine. These five players showed throughout the week and especially on Saturday why they are so highly recruited.

1. Derek Nicholson
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
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
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. J.C. Neal
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.

Toney Baker
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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