Shrine Game West Team MVP's
QB- Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin- Tolzien lacks an elite arm and it's not likely that he can make all the NFL throws. That said, Tolzien was accurate on underneath throws and worked extra after practice each day. His upside can be an NFL backup quarterback and the reason why he's our West Team MVP speaks volumes about the other signal callers on the squad.
RB- Alex Green, Hawaii- Hawaii may not be known for their running backs, but Alex Green could change all of that. The 6'0?, 220 lb. former Warrior showed great burst, excellent hands and has enough size to take punishment. Green may have been the biggest surprise all week.
WR- Ryan Whalen, Stanford- Whalen isn't going to blow by defenders and he likely won't win a ton of jump balls. What he will do is consistently get open, catch everything thrown his way and continue to make first downs on the next level.
TE- Julius Thomas, Portland State- The 6'5? former basketball player was ultra impressive in the West team practices as he repeatedly beat defenders and caught most everything thrown in his direction.
OT- Adam Grant, Arizona- In a group of less than impressive tackles, Grant stood out as the best. The 6'7?, 325 lb mammoth will need some seasoning before he's ready to be inserted into an NFL lineup, but he has legitimate upside.
OG- Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah- The Utah guard held up pretty well against some very tough competition in practice and he was a solid surprise this week.
DE- Cheta Ozougwu, Rice/ Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State- The little known defensive end from Rice turned heads as he was able to cause disruption in the West team backfield with great consistency. Ozougwu is better suited to be a 3-4 OLB.
Ryan Winterswyk is more of a classic 4-3 end, as his 6'4?, 270 lb. size is prototypical for that position. Winterswyk was able to get off the edge and held up well against the run.
DT- David Carter, UCLA- As dominant as Marvin Austin was for the East squad, David Carter was for the West. Carter was double-teamed in 11-on-11 drills and he was still the most dominant player on the defense.
LB- Dontay Moch, Nevada- Moch is lightning quick as a pass rusher and he doesn't shy away from contact. Moch did struggle in pass coverage for much of the week.
CB- Brandyn Thompson, Boise State- Thompson was a ball-hawk in practice this week as the Boise corner is trying to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Kyle Wilson. Although Thompson won't be a first-round pick, he looks like a guy who can play nickel at the very least.
S- Jeron Johnson- Johnson didn't make many big plays this week, but he was in position and was rarely burned.
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