The Best Pac-12 All-Star Game Performances

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 31, 2012


The Pac-12's best performers at the all-star circuit

Wit the conclusion of the Senior Bowl, the college All-Star game season is now in the books. The Pac-12 sent 21 players to the three main All-Star games. Here’s a look at the Pac-12’s best performances at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Senior Bowl and East West Shrine Game.

COLLEGIATE BOWL

WR Lavasier Tuinei, Oregon

Big target, reliable hands, deceptive speed and a steady playmaker. … He was impressive all week and didn’t disappoint in the actual game looking very efficient and fluid with a touchdown on a tough slant in between the LBs, showing that he could get behind coverage and find himself in open space.

CB Johnson Bademosi, Stanford

Gave away 4.5 inches to 6'5" WR Rosario Nelson and played him tight man to great success. … Excellent footwork and technique. He is well coached and disciplined with a great competitive spirit.

S Tony Dye, UCLA

Dye proved that he is 100% after suffering a neck injury in UCLA spring practice and then injuring his ankle in the season finale against USC. … He was impressive all week showing off his versatile athleticism by playing corner, safety and nickel in the week’s practices. … In the actual game, he was very solid at safety, his natural position, as his speed and high football IQ was on display.

SENIOR BOWL

WR Juron Criner, Arizona

Criner really improved his draft stock after hooking up throughout the Senior Bowl with Arizona QB Nick Foles. … He really showed how he could get open and how reliable his hands are. … He found a spot in the endzone, using those long arms to come down with the ball. … Very physical at 220 pounds, he out-muscled DBs to positioning and out-fought them to the ball.

WR Gerrell Robinson, Arizona State

Used in a variety of ways in practices and had an impressive TD run. … He uses his long strides to disguise his speed. … Worked well while the QB scrambles, finding open spots and making plays. … Easily bodies up DBs with his large frame and elite athleticism.

OT Mitchell Schwartz, California

Showed versatility on the line early in the week when he moved over and played center. … He held his own and competed well, adjusting to the blocking and center/QB exchange. … His great technique and solid fundamentals allowed for this. … At tackle, he was always in position and he fought and battled hard in the trenches.

EAST WEST SHRINE GAME

DT DaJohn Harris, USC

Harris proved that he was in the wrong all-star game, but after an inconsistent season, he made due of this opportunity. … Harris is a beast – big, tough ad strong with a relentless motor. … He pursues well and was always around the pile. … He constantly beat double teams and made tackles all over the place. Whether it was in the backfield or 15 yards down the field, Harris seemed to be in on every tackle. He moves well in pursuit and is as strong as he is quick.

TE Cory Harkey, UCLA

Harkey received the most humbling, yet accurate, praise from highly respected draft analyst Mike Mayock, “he is the best blocking tight end in college football.” … Absolutely true. Harkey has excellent blocking technique. Big pop at the point of attack and strong, churning legs. … He had no problem moving linemen around run blocking and was the best pass blocker in the game. … He’s powerful and finishes all his blocks. As a receiver, he doesn’t get a lot of separation and the speed is average, but with him you are getting an elite blocker.

OT Ryan Miller, Colorado

As solid as elite tackles come, Miller is strong with great technique, excellent hands and feet. … He looked very comfortable pulling and cross blocking and seemed to have a strong handle on positioning and body placement. … He stays on feet while at the next level and uses that great motor to keep blocking down the field.

LB Josh Kaddu, Oregon

Has great speed with an excellent motor. … Very comfortable and natural in space. … His body is efficient and allows for fluid movement. … A big hitter on special teams, too, Kaddu is very athletic and is an excellent 3-4 LB.

P Bryan Anger, California

Anger had an outstanding day with all three punts going 60 yards, with two pinned inside the 20-yardline, one within the 10. … Quick release and impressive hang time.