In its debut on the West Coast, the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl received more than a few rave reviews on Jan. 21 as Pacific defeated Atlantic, 37-14, at Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum in a nationally televised game of prospects in the Class of 2017 on ESPN3.
Boise State commit Chase Cord nearly stole the show for the Pacific and he had help from the likes of Colorado commit Curtis Chiaverini, Washington State commit Abraham Lucas, San Diego State commit Dominic Gudino and Northern Colorado commit Jackson Block.
Nebraska commit Kade Warner, Arizona State commit Michael Gombert, Oklahoma State commit Matt McClurg, Arizona State commit Rourke Freeburg, Utah State commit Walker Holgreen and Colorado State commit Ryan Stonehouse did well for the Pacific.
On the other side of the ball for the Atlantic, Air Force commit Beau English, Miami commit Evidence Njoku and Northern Colorado commit Kevin Williams did particularly in the spotlight. Same thing, in fact, can be said Purdue commit Jonah Williams.
While there plenty of worthy candidates, Chord was named Offensive MVP after finishing with 168 passing yards and two touchdowns. Big Sky Conference target Myles Cecil was unstoppable, most times, and ended up with three sacks to take home Defensive MVP.
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 Pacific’s Mark McMillian, who played for the Eagles and Chiefs, among others.
His assistants included many one-time professional peers, memorable names including J.J. McCleskey (Cardinals and Saints), Byron Evans (Eagles), George Martinez (Raiders), Rodney Beasley (NFL veteran trainer) and Keith Franklin (Blue-Grey Football Staff).
Arlen Harris (Rams and Lions) was head coach of the Atlantic, with assistants Ken Stills (Packers and Vikings), Latif Grim (Lions), Jerry Jensen (Panthers), Lyndon Price (Falcons), Reggie Young (NFL veteran trainer) and Al McCauley (Blue-Grey Football Staff).