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January 6, 2014
NC represented at U.S. Army Bowl
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl game took place this past weekend and several North Carolina players represented the state, as the best of the best arrived to Texas to compete against each other.
NCPreps has a recap of how the players faired this past weekend. Several of these names, you will be hearing at the next level next year at their respective schools, but it is truly an honor for anyone to compete in this game.
Corbin Daly - Texas Commit - PK
Daly, out of Ardrey Kell High School, had a great day in punting the ball, as he is one of the top players at that position. Daly punted four different times for 166 yards total, averaging 41.5 yards per punt, with his longest being 50 yards. He was able to secure one inside the 20 also for the East squad.
Will Grier - Florida Commit - QB
Grier, by far, had the best day at quarterback for the East squad, completing 4-of-8 for 109 yards and only being sacked once. Grier, who is committed to play for Florida next year, led North Carolina in passing with 4,989 yards this past season, throwing for 77 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. He completed over 70 percent of his passes. Grier is also been known for his running ability, as he had five rushes in the game for 12 yards
Elijah Hood - North Carolina Commit - RB
The run game for the East squad wasn't working to well Saturday afternoon, as they only earned 18 yards rushing on 19 touches as a team. Hood led the team though in a limited bases, as he carried the ball four times for 16 yards, with his longest being seven yards. Hood led all North Carolina running backs with 3,640 yards and 53 touchdowns. He also had a tackle in the game.
Freeman Jones - North Carolina Commit - K
In the kicking game, there might not be a better leg in the game. Jones certainly has the strength, as he showed that on one of his kickoffs, as he had one go for 63 yards. He also had a chance at an extra point but that failed. Even though Jones was limited in his play, he certainly will be able to show his leg off at the next level.
Bentley Spain - North Carolina commit - OL
Even though stats for the offensive line aren't accounted for, Spain certainly had to go up against some of the top tier defensive linemen in the country, which in this recruiting class, is a loaded one. His team struggled to move the ball, only getting 131 total yards in the game but he will be a huge part on the offensive line in the coming years.
Kentavius Street - North Carolina State Commit - DE
Street was able to get assist on a tackle in the game that accounted for a QB hurry in the game. His assist came early in the first quarter, when Nathan Starks rushed for three yards and his was able to get his QB hurry on the next play against Kyle Allen. Even though quiet in the game this weekend, Street will be depended on early with the Wolfpack to help solidify a defense that struggled much of last season.
No matter what the stats said at the end Saturday afternoon, these are the names that will be depended on early to make a statement when they reach the respected colleges. These will certainly be names to remember, as the talent from North Carolina has been a special one this year.
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