Interestingly one of the most impressive performers during this weeks practices may have hurt himself by talking and jawing too much.
Auburn defensive tackle Tommy Jackson stood out every day with his play. Yet his gift of gab, or more to the point, the inability to shut up, annoyed scouts. Jackson was over the top with his rhetoric and several scouts mentioned his cockiness and constant jawing left them unimpressed.
Scouts feel there were fewer gaps in the Shrine roster this year. The consensus on the top five performers of the week included Brandon Williams, Isaac Sowells, Frostee Rucker, Leon Washington, Andrew Whitworth.
Williams displayed better than expected speed while once again Sowells silenced the critics about his ability to play the left tackle position. Rucker played stronger then advertised while Washington performed as most scouts thought he would have during his senior season. Whitworth was dominant though most agree the former LSU left tackle is solely a strong-side blocker in the NFL. Were it not for his constant gabbing Tommy Jackson would've been included in this group.
San Antonio is a friendly city but ticket sales have been worse than expected, something which led to the demise of the game last year in San Francisco.
However almost no local people knew anything about the Shrine Game. San Antonio may get the game again next year with a ramped up marketing scheme.