USAAAB: Top Five Defense

The West defeated the East 28-6 Saturday in San Antonio for the United States Army All-American Bowl. lists their top-five defensive performers from the game.

Dante Sawyer. Suwannee (GA) North Gwinnett. Committed to South Carolina. The East defensive end terrorized quarterbacks throughout the week in practice, and that continued in the game. Sawyer recorded three sacks and provided constant pressure off the edge.

Solomon Thomas. Coppell (TX). Uncommitted. The West defensive end dominated his side of the football and was solid against the run. His size and strength proved to be tough for the East line to handle.

Nifae Lealao. Sacramento Capital Christian. Committed to Stanford. Blocked a punt that led to the first West score, and also helped dominate the interior from his defensive tackle position. Was quick off the football, and also showed the toughness needed to play inside.

Erick Smith. Cleveland Glenville. Committed to Ohio State. Made six tackles for the East, and was excellent in coverage. Continued the fine play we saw out of Smith at every East practice. We knew he could hit, but he proved he could cover.

Kenny Young. River Ridge (LA) John Curtis Christian. Uncommitted. Made six tackles for the West, and helped set the tone from his linebacker spot early in the game. Also showed well on special teams, and was very active throughout.

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