U.S. Army Bowl: Top 5 on Defense

Jan. 4 -- Scout.com ranks the top five defensive players in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and it includes a UCLA commit and a UCLA target...

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EAST – DT Kyle Phillips
He was easily the top defender in this game. Phillips made a living in the backfield logging multiple sacks and tackles for loss. There’s no doubt that Tennessee (newly committed) got a guy who will wreak some havoc in the SEC.

WEST – LB Osa Masina
There was a comment made, “has anyone made more sideline-to-sideline tackles than Masina (Scout Utah Doug Kimmel)?” And that’s a fair question to ask. And the short answer would be, no. He was the West’s leading tackler.

WEST – DL Keisean Lucier-South (UCLA verbal)
Throughout the game, KLS kept the pressure on the East quarterbacks. He got penetration up the middle and showed great speed chasing some of the nation’s best offensive threats sideline to sideline.

EAST – DB Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State verbal)
It was an interception by McFadden that started the run which made the game that much more interesting. The East team went on a scoring frenzy, which ended with an 87-yard kickoff return by McFadden. In the end, it was just far too many points to bring the East to a comeback victory. 

WEST – LB Ben Humphreys (Duke verbal)
As if getting an interception and returning it for a touchdown of 21 yards wasn’t enough, Humphreys recovered a fumble with close to 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Two turnovers in an all-star game are solid enough to land a spot on this list. 

Honorable Mention
WEST – LB Darrin Kirkland (Tennessee verbal)
WEST – LB Porter Gustin


Scout’s Brandon Huffman, Beth Long, Gabe Brooks and John Garcia contributed to this report.


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