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2009 East West Shrine Game
Players that popped
By Jay Goldberg
   

PLAYER POS COLLEGE COMMENTS
Tom
Brandstarter
QB Fresno State Big kid with a big arm and better mobility than it appears.  Brandstarter made some very good throws and, at times, looked like a future NFL starter.  He also had moments where he overthrew receivers and looked like he could be a coach-killer (teasing with good tools, but not putting it all together).  Net-net, based on what I saw he is worth a shot on day two of the draft as a player who could be a later round find.
Brian
Hoyer
QB Michigan State Came in with poor stats and little fanfare but was said to have looked surprising good in practices.  He followed that up with a solid game.  Hoyer showed quick feet, a quick release and good accuracy.
Stephen
McGee
QB Texas A&M McGee was another player who was said to have played well in the practices leading up to the game.  In the game he was uneven, but showed good mobility and made some nice throws.  He also had a couple of balls batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Javarris
Williams
RB Tennessee State Williams was the best runner in the game.  He has good size (listed at 5'11", 220), was quick and made good, sharp cuts.  He ran tough between the tackles and had good bounce to the outside.  He has good feet and you have to love a back that can move the chains to run out the clock at the end of a game when the box is stacked.  I am really looking forward to this kids' workout.
Marlon
Lucky
RB Nebraska Lucky looked fast, and was quick to the hole with a good burst.  He may not be an every-down back, but he could be a contributor who makes big plays.  Once again I need to see his times since he did this in the Shrine Game, not the Senior Bowl. 
Tyrell
Sutton
RB Northwestern Sutton had some nice runs and some not so nice runs.  Overall, he looked like a potential change-of-pace/third down back who can catch, run to daylight and even showed some toughness running up the middle.  Sutton also looked good returning kicks.
Mike
Thomas
WR Arizona Love this kid!  He made plays both as a receiver and as a punt returner.  He made some tough catches, including going up high to grab one (important since he is listed at 5'8").  Thomas gets open, makes catches and makes plays.  What's not to like.
Deon
Butler
WR Penn State   Butler, another undersized receiver, showed he could get open and make catches.  One catch he made was one of the best grabs in the game.  He didn't look good during one punt return.
Jarett
Dillard
WR Rice Dillard didn't have a lot of catchable balls, but he looked very good on the few he caught.  He went down low to make a nice catch on one throw and got good YAC on another catch.  Dillard also looked good on a punt return.
Bear
Pascoe
TE Fresno State Let the buzz begin.  Pascoe could be a real sleeper in the draft.  He made an incredible catch downfield and showed he could block.  It's early in the process, but he could be a day two steal who turns into a top starter.  I need to do more research, but I have a feeling .... 
David
Johnson
TE Arkansas State How's this for an unusual post?  Johnson makes this list because he looked very good blocking in the run game.  I hope he's at the Combine so I can see him catch.
Fenuki
Tupou
OT Oregon Tupou had a very good game both in pass protection and blocking in the run game.
Jamie
Thomas
OG Maryland The East ran very well and more often than not, a good block by Thomas was part of the reason for the good run.  He played a very, very good game.
Jamon
Meredith
OT South Carolina Meredith was billed by McShay as one of the top players in the game and he didn't disappoint.  He was solid protecting against the pass and blocking in the run game.
Seth
Olsen
OG Iowa Olsen looked like a beast at times blocking in the run game.
Stryker
Sulak
DE Missouri Sulak showed good quickness.  He played the run well and batted down a pass.
Nick
Reed
DE Oregon Reed was one of the few players to get any pressure on the passer.  He also made a couple of plays against the run.
Myron
Pryor
DT Kentucky Prior looked good in spots against the run both on plays at him and in pursuit.
Roy
Miller
DT Texas Miller played a good game.  He was consistently tough versus the run.
Michael
Tauiliili
LB Duke Tauiliili was all over the field.  He made tackles versus the run, he made tackles on special teams, he made tackles against screen passes.  He made plays when run at, he made plays in pursuit.  He played a great game.
Robert
Francois
LB Boston College Francois looked like a tough kid, blowing up plays and making good tackles against the run.
Dannell
Ellerbe
LB Georgia Ellerbe looked good playing the run.
Jasper
Brinkley
LB South Carolina Brinkley is a big kid with good strength.  He was a force against the run, especially in short yardage and goal line situations.  I will need to see his workout numbers before I can assess how well he will transfer his skills to the NFL.
Keith
Fitzhugh
SS Mississippi State Fitzhugh had the best game of all the defensive backs in the game.  He played the run very well, was good in pursuit, had a pass defense, and made a tackle on special teams.  He has the look of a solid NFL strong safety; he is a sure tackler who is quick to the ball.
Trent
Morgan
CB Michigan Morgan had one shinning moment where he made a great play on the ball to get an interception.
Bradley
Fletcher
CB/S Iowa In an unusual game of fairly nondescript defensive back play, Fletcher had some good moments both against the run and the pass.
Ryan
Mouton
CB Hawaii Mouton had some good moments in pass coverage.
David
Buehler
K USC Buehler made a 49-yard field goal with ease, and had a number of kickoffs that reached the end zone.  This kid has a NFL-leg.