East-West Shrine Bowl Live Blog

by Jon Witt
East-West Shrine Bowl Live Blog

The East-West Shrine Bowl Live Blog will be updated as the game happens, so make sure you refresh the page during the game!

This contest is the longest-running college football All-Star game in the country, this year being the 99th time this game has been played. It features the best draft-eligible prospects and for the first time, underclassmen are invited to participate!

The game will be played in Frisco, Texas at the Ford Center in the Dallas Cowboys' HQ, on February 1st at 8 PM EST. You can tune into the game on NFL Network.

After the NFL season, teams that did not make the playoffs nominate assistant coaches that they think should coach in the Shrine game. A panel made up of NFL Operations Staff, the NFL GM Advisory Committee and East-West Shrine Bowl leadership then select the coaches that they think best suit the game.

This year the teams will be coached by Mike Kafka (Giants OC) and Richard Hightower (Bears ST Coordinator). Kafka played in this game 14 years ago and was named the MVP of the game.

East-West Shrine Bowl Live Blog

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Shrine Bowl Standouts

RB Frank Gore Jr

RB Blake Watson

K Cam Little

TE Dallin Holker

WR Jordan Jahnke

WR Anthony Gould

QB Taulia Tagovailoa

Game Day Live Blog

4th Quarter

  • Nice stop by the West defense to halt an impressive drive by Austin Reed
  • Zach Heins with an impressive catch over the middle. Shows great concentration to haul in the catch
  • Drake Stoops starting to find his groove a bit late in the fourth
    • Jarius Monroe with an impressive interception that should seal the game for the West team
  • Cam Little with another FG to push the lead to 16
  • Watson has 111 total yards and has really helped his draft stock
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3rd Quarter

  • Blake Watson looks electric to start the second half showing some burst
    • 6 play, 78 yard drive lead by John Rys Plumlee, capping off with a rushing touchdown from Plumlee!
  • Anthony Gould with an outstanding punt return for the touchdown to get the East team back in the game.
    • Drake Stopps makes the grab for the two point conversion

2nd Quarter

  • Tagovailoa wastes no time and opens up the second quarter with a bomb. Great throw on the play.
    • Jadon Jahnke was the recipient of the pass
  • Tagovailoa scrambles for the TD!
    • Cephus catches the two-point conversion
    • What a drive all around by Tagovailoa - shows off his arm and legs
  • Tahj Washington with a physical catch on a long conversion
  • Gore continues to make people miss!
    • Cam Little tacks on three to push the West's lead to 17-3 late in the second quarter

1st Quarter:

  • Frank Gore shows great burst and rips off a long touchdown for the first score of the game!
  • Plummer is marching the East team down the field, converting multiple third downs
  • Dallin Holker with three catches early
  • East settles for a FG as the drive stalls
Pre Game Thoughts
  • This year's quarterbacks include Louisville's Jack Plummer, Kentucky's Devin Leary, Western Kentucky's Austin Reed, Kansas's Jason Bean, UCF's John Rhys Plumlee, BYU's Kedon Slovis and recently added, Maryland's Taulia Tagovailoa.
  • Slovis and Taulia have the most to gain among this crop of quarterbacks. Both at times during their college career have flashed high NFL potential but have not yet put it all together. A good showing at the bowl game could go a long way to improving their draft stock.
  • This year's top running backs include Southern Miss's Frank Gore Jr., Texas's Jonathon Brooks, Memphis Blake Watson, Louisville's Isaac Guerendo, and Monmouth's Jaden Shirden.
    • With Brooks hurt, Watson is the back I have my eye on. He is a shifty playmaker with great vision. Watson also is tremendous in the passing game, both a blocker and a pass catcher.
  • This year's top wide receiver group includes Holy Cross's Jalen Coker, Virginia's Malik Washington, USC's Taji Washington, UTSA's Joshua Cephus, Mississippi States Lideatrick Griffin, Oklahoma's Drake Stoops and South Dakota State's Jaxon Janke and Jadon Janke. This WR group is incredibly deep and it would not surprise me to see multiple WRs from this group get drafted.
    • Coker exploded at Holy Cross this season. He averaged 17.6 YPC and had 15 receiving TDs, setting the program record.
    • I love how Washington plays. He catches everything thrown his way, wins at the point of attack and can be used all over the field. He also set the single-season ACC receiving record this year.
  • This year's top tight ends include Texas's JaTavion Sanders, Tennessee's McCallan Castles, Kansas's Mason Fairchild, BYU's Isaac Rex, and Colorado State's Dallin Holker.
    • If Brock Bowers was not in this year's NFL draft Sanders would be the top TE off the board and there is an argument to be made that he would go in the first round. Sanders has the size and the speed to be a matchup nightmare in the NFL. He is also a bear to tackle, leading to a lot of YAC.
East-West Shrine Bowl Practice Notes

  • Virginia's Malik Washington is popping off the screen. He has really showed off his vertical speed and route running at practice this week.
  • Jabari Small, RB, Tennessee has caught scouts' eyes with his speed and vision to find the holes.
  • Devin Leary from Kentucky has stood out the most so far among QBs. His ball placement has been outstanding.
  • USC's Tahj Washington has impressed all week. He continues to make athletic plays at the WR spot. He has been uncoverable.


  • WR Cornelius Johnson showed the ability to win at the line of scrimmage and create great separation in practice. He is one to keep an eye on come game time
  • WR Drake Stoops out of Oklahoma dominated one-on-one drills during the week
  • Kicker, yes a Kicker, Harrison Mevis showed off his booming leg. He drilled a 59-yarder with ease
  • RB Jaden Shirden showed off his quick feet and elusiveness during practice, making defenders miss with ease

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