Army Preview: What To Watch

Jake Brown and Steve Hare will be in San Antonio all week for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Here’s what they’ll be watching as Notre Dame will potentially make a big impact. Practices kick off Monday morning.

1. In looking at the rosters, which team do you expect to win?

Jake: West – Give me the team with the best quarterbacks in a game like this. I really like five-star Shea Patterson (Ole Miss) to have a great week.

Steve: East – I’ll take a good defense to win an all-star game and to me the East has more talent on that side of the football.

2. Which individual player are you most excited to see in person (one from each team)?

Jake: From the East I want to see receiver/safety Marquez Calloway, who really, really impressed me at Irish Invasion. I want to see his athleticism up close again. From the West it’s quarterback Brandon Peters (Michigan). I’m always interested to see how local kids do in a big event, so I'll be keeping a close eye on Peters throughout the week of practice and the game

Steve: For obvious reasons Brendan Ferns (East) and Javon McKinley (West) top my list of Must See prospects. I’ll keep a watchful eye on Ferns throughout the week of practice as it will be my first extended viewing of him in action. McKinley impressed me during The Opening and I know what to expect out of him.

3. Which individual matchup should be the most competitive (WR vs. DB, DL vs. OL, etc.)?

Jake: Tommy Kraemer vs. Xavier Kelly
Always interested to see offensive line against defensive line with pads on. We won't get a look at this one (hopefully) until game day, but it could be good. Kelly (Clemson) visited Notre Dame and could've been part of this class. The Irish staff knew he was big time.

Steve: Tommy Kraemer vs. Jonathon Cooper
This matchup will take place during the week of practice as both players are on the East roster. They went head-to-head at The Opening Regional camp in Columbus over the summer and Kraemer hopes to avenge his narrow defeat to the Ohio State commitment.

4. Of all the Notre Dame commitments playing in the game, which one will turn in the best performance?
Jake: Tony Jones Jr.
Almost went with Kraemer, but I like a tough, physical back in a game like this. Who's going to want to deal with him if he gets going in an all-star game? Probably no one. Plus, it's been awhile since a Notre Dame skill commitment stood out in a big way. It's time.

Steve: Tommy Kraemer
He should finish as one of the top linemen in the game and maybe the best of the bunch. After not being able to compete in pads at The Opening last summer, this is Kraemer’s chance to shine against the national elite.

5. Pick your fantasy all-star team using the rosters from the East-West.

Jake (East)
WR: Austin Mack (Ohio State)
WR:  Demetris Robertson (uncommitted)
WR: Tyler Vaughns (USC)
TE: Jake Hausmann (Ohio State)
QB: Shea Patterson (Ole Miss)
RB: Tavien Feaster (Clemson)
RB: Tony Jones Jr. (Notre Dame)

Steve (West)
WR: Tyler Vaughns (USC)
WR: Javon McKinley (uncommitted)
WR: Dylan Crawford (uncommitted)
TE: Isaac Nauta (uncommitted)
QB: Jawon Pass (Louisville)
RB: Tavien Feaster (Clemson)
RB: Melquise Stovall (Cal)


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