Shrine Bowl Recap

The 2004 Shrine Bowl was a week ago today and Pack Pride has a recap of all the stories from this year's game.

  • Shrine: ScoutTV -- Baker Talks Recruiting
    Toney Baker, considered North Carolina's top high school football player, spoke with Miller Safrit following the first morning Shrine Bowl practice. The five-star running back gives the latest on his recruitment in this exclusive video interview.

  • Shrine: ScoutTV -- Neal is Open
    J.C. Neal is being recruited by a host of programs at running back, wide receiver, and even defensive back. We had the latest on his recruitment in this exclusive video interview from today's Shrine Bowl practice.

  • Shrine: ScoutTV -- Barbee Keeps Warm
    Andy Barbee committed to NC State last month and after winning a state championship with Shelby (NC) Crest he was at the Shrine Bowl leading the offensive line from the center position. Hear his thoughts on recruiting, the Shrine Bowl, and more in this video interview with ScoutTV.

  • Shrine: ScoutTV -- Crouch Talks Selection
    Offensive tackle Curtis Crouch was a new addition to the Shrine Bowl and he enjoyed the first couple of practices. Listen to his comments as he talks about the Shrine Bowl and his recruitment in this exclusive video interview.

  • Shrine: Audio -- 'I Might Commit'
    "The atmosphere... that feeling I got. I didn't get that feeling anywhere else yet. Virginia Tech almost had it... it wasn't as good as NC State."

  • Sandlappers Key On Turnovers For Win
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- In the minds of coaches and many observers attending the Shrine Bowl practices over the week, North Carolina had simply too much talent for the South Carolina Sandlappers to stay in the game on Saturday. However, the Sandlappers stuck to the basics – control the line of scrimmage, control the turnovers, and win in the second half.

  • Baker Talks Shrine Bowl And Top Five
    "NC State- NC State, they're right around the corner too and I think they're a big time program. They've got a great defense right now and I think they'll be back to winning next year. I love the facilities there too."

  • 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.

  • Hunter Has Solid Shrine Bowl, Talks NC State
    "It's just something about the program that I like," said Reynaldo Hunter. "You know, red and white, that's always been my colors. So it's something about them uniforms and something about that program that makes me just click to them."

  • Shrine: Player Evaluations
    OL Curtis Crouch...E.E. Smith High School...Fayetteville, NC Crouch only played one series for North Carolina after injuring his shoulder in the final high school game of the season. He received limited reps throughout the week and never looked comfortable playing with the injury. At 6-6, 330 pounds, Crouch will need to lose some weight to play on the next level, but all the tools are there to be a very good college lineman. He has quick feet, long arms, and the physical traits desired in a offensive line prospect. He's currently looking at Florida, NC State, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech.

  • Shrine: ScoutTV -- Neal is Open
    J.C. Neal is being recruited by a host of programs at running back, wide receiver, and even defensive back. We had the latest on his recruitment in this exclusive video interview from today's Shrine Bowl practice.

  • Shrine: Video -- Baker, Neal in Action
    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.

  • Barbee One Of Few Bright Spots For NC OL
    At 6-3, 290 pounds, Barbee was rock solid at center for the Tar Heels. Unlike his counterpart with the South Carolina squad, he had no QB-center exchange problems- a problem sometimes seen in all-star games. Barbee was also cat-quick off the ball and did a great job of engaging his man and driving him off the ball. Although all-american RB Toney Baker from Jamestown, NC was held to 52 yards rushing on 14 carries, most of his best runs came when he ran behind Barbee and the offensive guard.

  • Neal Has Disappointing Shrine Bowl Trip
    WR Levin Neal (5-11, 180 pounds, 4.4-seconds in the 40) from Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC didn't have the senior year he expected to have. He broke his ankle early in the season and was relegated to the role of bystander before making a sooner-than-expected recovery late in the year.

  • Mind Is Made Up
    "I have been evaluating all these schools since I was a freshman, so I know what's going on," explained Baker. "I sort of know what I want to do; I'm just going to announce it at the game."


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