"That was an incredible honor, especially with the guys we're surrounded with on this team," Crist stated. He ended up winning the community service award. "There's so much leadership among the team, there was truly 40 captains on this team. I really thought about it that way, but the fact that I was chosen as a captain was a great honor and I will cherish it for awhile."
As he will the week-long experience.
Crist was 5-of-12 passing for a game-high 113 yards and one touchdown, in the West's 33-23 loss to the East. Crist was joined by three future Notre Dame players on the West. Ten Irish verbal commits suited up for the East.
Crist's touchdown pass was a 56-yard fly pattern to Michael Floyd midway through the third quarter, cutting the East's lead to 20-17.
"Individually I didn't play that great," Crist said, splitting time with Andrew Luck and Blaine Gabbert. "It's tough rotating every series at the quarterback position because it's tough to get a true rhythm, but no excuses here, I could've played better. I'm never satisfied with where I'm at."
Crist was satisfied with how all the Notre Dame guys played.
"I think we played real well as a unit," he stated. "All the Notre Dame players had a pretty good game today."
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Owings Mills, Md., product took some lumps during the week in practice, but bounced back on game day.
"I just think I was more prepared," Clelland said. "In practice I was going against some real great guys. And they were really working us, the o-line and d-line coaches, and I'm just happy I was able to put it all together here."
He did enough in practice to earn the start. The East went 92 yards on its first drive, capped off by game MVP Terrelle Pryor's six-yard touchdown run.
"That's a great honor, especially with the caliber of guys that didn't start, but they played a lot too," Clelland said. "They were all working hard and all doing well."
***Defensive tackle Sean Cwynar recovered a fumbled snap by Crist at the 11:05 mark in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the East wasn't able to turn it into points, as Blair Walsh missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.
"It was good, a good feeling," said Cwynar, who had two tackles, helping the East defense hold the West to just 242 total yards. "We had a pretty good pass rush the whole time, so I knew something good was going to happen. Our d-line was relentless."
Cwynar saw a lot of future roommate Trevor Robinson during the game in the trenches. The two report to Notre Dame for orientation on Jan. 13, as the two early enrollees in the Irish's top-ranked recruiting class.
"We each got some," Cwynar said of the head to heads with Robinson. "It was a good fun battle. We were laughing out there, joking around. We can't wait to be rooming together. I'm looking forward to it."
***Robinson was in the game on all four of the West's scoring drives at his right guard position.
"I was kind of surprised with my pass pro," he said. "I didn't give up any sacks. I didn't really give up any pressures, so I'm pretty pleased."
***Running back Jonas Gray didn't play much during the game, and got his first carry in the fourth quarter, running for six yards. The Irish commit finished with three carries for eight yards. He also had a screen pass thrown over his head.
Gray injured his ankle during Monday's first practice. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Detroit product was never able to get back to full strength, only practicing one more time on Thursday afternoon.
"I couldn't get healthy," Gray said. "I didn't have a second gear. That's what killed me. But it's all good. The thing it was, was the rotation sometimes too. We did eight plays, and I was the third back to go in, so I would come in at the end of the half and stuff, but it was all good. I had a good experience."
***Crist started at quarterback, Floyd got the nod at one of the receiver spots. The two hooked up on the second play of the game for 17 yards.
Floyd was arguably the most impressive player other than Pryor playing in the game. He finished with a game-high four receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
"Everybody here is good and you just try to do as much as possible for the team," Floyd said. "I'm not sure if they were in the right defense but you just have to make plays. You don't want your team to look kind of foolish in this game."
***Other Notre Dame guys showing up in the stat book was East receiver John Goodman, who had two receptions for 30 yards, including a nice 25-yard score from Pryor.
Rudolph got no blocking on a tight end screen, and loss three yards on his only catch. Linebacker Anthony McDonald had two tackles for the West, and Darius Fleming and Steve Filer each had a stop for the East. Blanton had two tackles and one pass breakup, playing both safety and cornerback.