For the second time in as many attempts, after last year’s debut at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field, Grey defeated Blue, with prospects in the Class of 2017 this time around, 27-7, on Jan. 14 in game nationally broadcast on ESPN3.
Local products Georgetown commit Joseph Brunell and Air Force commit Amari Terry nearly nearly stole the show for the Grey. Another hometown prospect, one-time North Carolina commit Rasheed Martin also left a lasting impression on the many in attendance.
Under the direction of Central Florida commit Darriel Mack and Morgan State commit Anthony Butler, the Blue kept things closer than the final score might have indicated and Michigan State commit C.J. Hayes was typically the main target when a play was needed.
Missouri commit Larry Borom, Kansas State commit Bill Kuduk, Kent State commit Eddie Brecht, Navy commit Nick Novak, Army commit Noah Knapp, Columbia commit Peter Wise and Northern Illinois commit Isaac Hawn anchored the line for the Blue.
North Carolina State commit Adam Boselli and Tennessee commit Shanon Reid were selected to play in the game for the Grey, along with the likes of well-known peers Central Florida commit Otis Anderson and Mississippi State commit Cordavien Suggs.
Arkansas commit Jarques McClellion, Vanderbilt commit Randall Haynie, Ohio commit Marlin Brooks, Eastern Illinois commit Austin Johnson and Citadel commits Cole Brown and Micah Byrd-Brown each held their respective own on defense for the Grey.
Colorado State commit Luis Lebron, Michigan commit Sean Fitzgerald, Iowa commit Ivory Kelly-Martin, Indiana State commit Titus McCoy, Miami (OH) commit Johsua Maize and UConn commit Ian Swenson were also forces to be reckon with for the Blue.
Brunell and Terry were both worthy of winning the award for Offensive MVP, with the latter earning the distinction. Similarly, in a close vote, Maize was named Defensive MVP, with Swenson, McClellion, Haynie and Brooks each making a case for the honor.
Once everyone recently arrived, the country’s best had an opportunity to work with the brand’s staff of NFL veterans, now turned coaches for the All-American Bowl, including the Grey’s Quinn Gray, who returned to his old stomping grounds with the Jaguars.
His assistants included many one-time professional peers, some memorable names such as Ken Stills (Packers and Vikings), Larry Ryans (Buccaneers and Lions), Jerry Wunsch (Buccaneers), Chuck Darby (Buccaneers) and Reggie Young (NFL veteran trainer).
One-time Pro Football Executive of the Year Dick Bell was coach of the Blue. His staff included, Mark McMillian (Eagles and Chiefs), Arlen Harris (Rams), Aaron Harris (Buccaneers), Rodney Beasley (NFL Veteran Trainer) and Al McCauley (Blue-Grey Football Staff).