McAdoo Dominates in Shrine Bowl Defeat

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Not overlooked in South Carolina's 24-16 defeat of North Carolina in the 72nd Annual Shrine Bowl was a stellar defensive performance by UNC verbal commitment Jared McAdoo.

"I just had to do it for Atlas [Fraley] and Rodney [Torain]," McAdoo said referring to his two teammates that passed away during the season. "I was in the zone – I just had to do it for them. Even though we came up short on the scoreboard, I know I played my heart out."

McAdoo, a 6-foot-3, 285-pounder from Chapel Hill (N.C.), tallied a game-high nine tackles (four solo) including a sack and two tackles for a loss. Not only did he start the game for North Carolina, he played virtually every defensive snap.

"I don't know what it was. [The North Carolina coaches] just kept telling me I have to go, I have to go," McAdoo said. "So I just went."

Despite his accomplishments, McAdoo didn't win N.C. Defensive MVP. That honor went to an unknown, until now - linebacker Spencer Shuey.

"I've been thrown under the radar my whole high school career as far as recruit, [but] I knew I could play with the best and I knew that I should be getting looked at by more schools," Shuey said. "I came in here to prove that."

Shuey, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg, has been offered a scholarship by Duke, Illinios, Kentucky, and Marshall.

Heading into halftime, Shuey collected seven tackles including two for a loss. A thumb injury suffered late in the second quarter limited him to just one more tackle the rest of the game.

"I tried not to play timid, but it's always in the back of your mind whenever you have an injury like that," Shuey said. "It was just a little tougher getting off blocks. It was just a little tougher wrapping up."

North Carolina jumped out to a 9-3 lead early in the second quarter when UNC pledge Terry Shankle recovered a botched field goal attempt and returned it 59 yards for a score.

"We were doing [field goal] block and I was rushing. Hawatha [Bell] hit the ball and I picked it up and ran," Shankle said.

A 54-yard touchdown run by quarterback Desmond Lowery gave North Carolina a 16-3 lead that they would take into halftime.

The two first half scores matched with a stout defense camouflaged North Carolina's lack of offense. South Carolina exposed that in the second half limiting North Carolina to 17 yards in the second half. In the meantime, South Carolina scored 21 unanswered points to secure the victory.

North Carolina's quarterbacks completed just four passes all game long and threw three interceptions. UNC commitment Jhay Boyd caught just one pass for -1 yards.

"We just focused on the running game too much," Boyd said. "We have receivers that were playmakers and I don't think we tried to use that to our advantage."

Other Players of Note: Hawatha Bell 1 tackle, 1 TFL… Hunter Furr 6 rushes for 21 yards… Josh Hunter 5 tackles (4 solo), .5 TFL… Donte Moss 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 breakup… Randy Pressley 2 tackles (2 solo); 1 punt return for 14 yards… Larry Raper 5 rushes for 10 yards; 1 kickoff return for 16 yards.

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