19,654 people found their way to the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, FL to watch NFL hopefuls put one last piece of work on film. Some came in with serious questions, while other wanted to prove what we already knew to be true.
Stars of the Game:
Markus Jones, Angelo State, LB
The Stars of the game came from the defensive side of the ball. Many small school guys made big plays early on in the game which made the difference. One of the stars of the game was Markus Jones out of Angelo State. The undersized D-linemen came with some quick pressure. At 260 lbs, which is probably generous, I can’t see him in the interior at all. He played more of the outside linebacker position. Jones was able to get some pressure on the quarterback with some quick first movements. In todays NFL, a small D-linemen/ Linebacker. The speed rush will make the difference for Jones in the future, and it showed in throughout the first half.
Justin Hollins, Oregon, OLB
Oregon linebacker product, Justin Hollins, lead both the East and West teams at halftime with 6 total tackles. Hollins got home to the quarterback twice in the first half. He was all over the field in the first 2 quarters. Hollins got 1 fumble recovery in the 2nd half; Hollins would go home with the Defensive MVP of the game. Hollins is a interesting prospect because he was able to play with his hand in the dirt as well as off the ball linebacker. Being versatile in today’s NFL is very important to a players draft stock.
Terry Godwin II, Georgia, WR
If you are an SEC Fan you know who Terry Godwin is. The Georgia product came out to the Shrine Game just to show what we already knew about him. Godwin is a small receiver who plays big. Quick off the line and with exceptional hands. He is listed at 5’11, but might be a little shorter, but Godwin was used in the slot and as the x-receiver. Where ever he was on the field, the QB’s found him. He created space against all who lined up to guard him. Godwin would finish with 4 receptions for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. They would be the only touchdowns for the east. Godwin received the Offensive MVP of the game!
Ron’quavion Tarver, Utah State, WR
Came into this game looking for guys I have never seen before. I wanted to find diamonds in the rough that would be a great second day pick up. I think Ron’quavion might be that guy. He is 6’3 215 lbs out of Utah State. This guy played big a soon as the game began. Using his 6’3 frame to box out the smaller defenders. His range was impressive, but what was most impressive was his ability to not be scared to go across the middle. I would have loved to see him go up for a jump ball, but that opportunity never came. Tarver finished the game with 4 receptions for 55 yards. There are a few teams that would love to have a receiver of his size. We never got the chance to see how fast he was, but with the strength he displayed, he was able to break away for extra yards.