SAN ANTONIO - After every big game, coaches will award players with game balls as a symbol of their effort. Rivals.com is also dishing out postgame recognition with its own game ball awards following Saturday's U.S. Army All-America Game.
For the East it was pretty clear who gets the ball for the offense, as Terrelle Pryor showed why he's ranked as the nation's best player. See who else caught the eye of the Rivals.com recruiting staff in this exclusive feature.
For the East, it all starts with Pryor. He was the straw that stirred the East's drink. He was the quarterback that made things happen and sparked the East offense on its most consistent and explosive offensive drives. The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder was efficient in the passing game, completing four of six passes for 76 yards and one touchdown. He was also a major threat on the ground with 10 rushes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall receiver Michael Floyd capped off a good week of practices with a big game. He was about the only consistent playmaker for the West, as the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder had four receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown grab was a thing of beauty as he turned the jets on and burned Boubacar Cissoko on a fly route.
Wichita (Kan.) East linebacker Arthur Brown flew under the radar all week. With a loaded defensive line for the East, the linebackers were often overlooked. But there was no overlooking Brown in the game. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound five-star prospect that's heading to Miami was all over the field with tackle after tackle and big hits. Brown finished with six tackles, including four solo stops.
This was a tough one to dish out as several West defensive players had big games. The ball could have easily gone to Nolan Brewster or Baker Steinkuhler as both came to play on Saturday. But the award goes to Los Angeles Dorsey defensive back Rahim Moore. The 6-foot, 185-pound four-star player was great all week in practice and was extremely impressive in the game. He finished the game with six tackles, including four stops and a pass breakup.
Pryor grabbed all the headlines all week and Star Jackson had the best week of practices for the East quarterbacks, but it was MarQueis Gray that showed out in the game. Gray missed most of his senior season with an injury, and he missed a chance to compete in the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp because of Indiana's stringent extracurricular participation rules. So for many people, Saturday was the first time they got a good chance to see Gray in action. Along with committing to Minnesota, Gray made the most of his performance on a national stage. He rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also was three of seven for 56 yards and one touchdown in the air.
WEST'S BIGGEST SURPRISE
This is where Brewster fits in perfectly. He isn't somebody that blows you away physically and with other defensive backs grabbing headlines in practice all week he was easily overlooked. But there's no question the 6-foot-1, 195-pound four-star Texas commitment is a gamer. He had six tackles and one interception in the game.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Pryor was impressive all game long, but his signature play of the game came when he put the East ahead 26-17 late in the third quarter. Rolling right, he stopped behind the line and looked across the field. He fired a pass diagonally over the field and hit John Goodman for a 25-yard scoring pass.
HIT OF THE GAME
It won't go down in the record books as an official statistic, but the hit of the game came when Moore came up and smacked Devier Posey on a pass that looked like it was going to be a for sure completion. After closing out of nowhere, Moore delivered a blow that knocked Posey and the ball to the ground and drew a big round of cheers from the fans.