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B.J. Coleman shines in East-West Shrine Game

B.J. Coleman, Troy Sanders AP

With college football season over, all-star/draft evaluation games are underway and draft-eligible players from around the country, as well as Canada, took part in the East-West Shrine Game today.

The West ended up beating the East by a final score of 24-17, but obviously, that hardly matters; it was about who shined in their game reps.

One of the best performances of the day came from UT-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman, who went 10-of-15 for 168 yards and a touchdown. Coleman originally signed with Tennessee in 2007 before transferring down to the 1-AA program. The highlight of his day was a nice pass right down the seam to well-covered Chase Ford from Miami (FL) that went for 64 yards.

Coleman’s name has been picking up some momentum over the past week in practices and it was easy to see why today. Analysts like ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected Coleman as a mid-to-late round selection, but he might have helped his stock today.

The other East quarterbacks, Southern Miss’ Austin Davis and Florida’s John Brantley, had good and bad days, respectively. Davis went 7-for-10 and a TD, but Brantly completed just one pass.

It was a rough day for the Gators quarterback.

On the other side, Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey showed his explosiveness (six carries, 33 yards) on the ground and had four receptions. Rainey isn’t the biggest running back, but it’s hard to argue his back-to-back 1,600-yard rushing seasons.

Additionally, Arkansas receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs combined for five catches for 76 yards.

Other players who stood out:

  • Louisiana Tech running back Lennon Creer led all rushers with 80 yards on 15 carries and a late score.
  • Tennessee RB Tauren Poole was all the buzz this week in practice, but ended up with 6 carries for 19 yards — 15 of those came on one run.
  • Fresno State’s Devon Wylie had four punt returns for 45 yards.
  • Michigan State WR B.J. Cunningham had a touchdown catch off a comeback route. The receiver broke a tackle and waltzed right into the end zone.
  • West Virginia’s defense wasn’t as strong statistically as it was last year, but three Mountaineers had good games today. Defensive end Julian Miller had a pass deflection (and near interception) and made a lot of open-field plays. Miller projects more as a pass rusher in a 3-4 defense than a true 4-3 DE. Linebacker Najee Goode and cornerback Keith Tandy also had their numbers called a couple times. Tandy almost intercepted a pass.
  • As expected, TCU linebacker Tank Carder was just about everywhere too. The Horned Frogs are really going to miss his presence next season.
  • Penn State’s  Nick Sukay won defensive MVP.

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4 Responses to “B.J. Coleman shines in East-West Shrine Game”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 21, 2012 7:33 PM

    I don’t often watch these all star games, as most of the expected high NFL players, don’t risk playing and getting injured in a meaningless game. It does give the lesser known players a shot though. To say someone like Brantley is an all star, pretty much tells you all you need to know in this game. Evidently, he did just about as poorly in this game as he did for Florida most of the year. Of course then, it was that he was injured, but even healthy, I am afraid he is not NFL caliber, even as a practice team member.

  2. mrslay1 says: Jan 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    Greg Childs, J Wright and Joe Adams will all be big next year. People who haven’t watched them just have know idea.

  3. mikepowers300 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:00 PM

    You mention punt return yards; even more impressive was the West punter, Cal’s Bryan Anger had punts of 59, 60, and 61 yards. The TV announcers were terrible and did not even acknowledge the punts. The announcers at the NFLPA Bowl were so much better. Not sure I’ve seen 3 punts like that in pro or college that were not aided by bounce or wind (the 61 yarder had 4 yds of roll). Bryan Anger was a player who definitely “stood out”.

  4. wwttww says: Jan 21, 2012 10:59 PM

    Way to go BJ! GO MOCS!!!

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