SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Behind three touchdowns by Oregon commit Royce Freeman and a strong passing performance by Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen, the West rolled to a decisive 28-6 victory over the East in the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Kyle Allen was near perfect on Saturday.
Freeman rushed for three scores on five carries including the game’s final score, an impressive nine-yard run to the pilon. While Freeman handled the load on the ground, Allen took care of the attack through the air. The nation’s top quarterback completed his first eight passes of the game and finished on 12 of 18 for 183 yards in an impressive display of command.
In addition to the strong performances by Freeman and Allen, the West received a boost from the play of the nation’s top all-purpose back Joe Mixon. Mixon was the named the game’s MVP and was spectacular on his only two touches of the game, one a touchdown run from three yards out and his second touch coming on a 26-yard screen pass.
While Kyle Allen had a strong day throwing the ball, all of the West quarterbacks had their moments. Kentucky commit Drew Barker finished four of six passing for 54 yards while Texas commit Jerrod Heard showed off his athleticism by rushing for 63 yards, including a long run of 46.
Offensively the East was never able to get going on Saturday but the defense had its fair share of standout performers. South Carolina commit Dante Sawyer finished the game with three sacks and newly minted Ohio State commit Erick Smith led his team in tackles with six, showing all kinds of ability in both coverage and run support.
1. Kyle Allen, QB – The Texas A&M commit pieced together the kind of day that is tough to accomplish in an all-star setting with new offenses, new receivers and a new speed but Allen looked completely in command, even showing off some elusiveness and ability to throw outside of the pocket.
2. Royce Freeman, RB – Freeman had 21 yards rushing on five carries but three of his carries went for scores. He showed the lean and power that has drawn comparisons to Jonathan Stewart from people around the Oregon program and looked as college ready as any back in the game.
3. Solomon Thomas, DE – Uncommitted and still very open to the likes of Stanford, Notre Dame, Arkansas and Ohio State, Thomas showed the physicality and toughness we have grown to expect out of him. There may not be a better defensive end against the run in the nation and Thomas’ three tackles for loss in the game illustrated that.
4. Dante Sawyer, DE – Only 6-2.5, Sawyer is very long and he showed on Saturday that he is very quick off the edge as well. The South Carolina commit compiled three sacks, all coming due to his speed and tenacity in getting after the quarterback.
5. Erick Smith, DB – Smith just showed a complete skillset on Saturday and all week. Listed as a safety, he spent most of his time at the cornerback position and showed terrific cover skills and ability to support the run. While Marshon Lattimore has been deservedly hyped out of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, don’t be surprised if Smith has a better career because he’s just that good.