SAN ANTONIO -- On a game day filled with nine verbal commitments, great plays of speed, athleticism, and excitement, it was the West quarterbacks who ultimately stole the show, as the West defeated the East 28-6 in the 14th annual U.S. Army All American Bowl Saturday at the Alamo Dome.
West quarterback Kyle Allen (Texas A&M commit) threw for 183 yards on 12-of-18 passing with a long of 31-yards. The only blemishes Allen had on the day, were two botched shotgun snaps from the center-quarterback exchange. But other than that, the future Aggie showcased why he is the No. 1 QB in the Scout.com player rankings.
“It was tough getting used to playing it at first, but after the first play it was easy,” Alllen said. “Our offense meshed pretty well. Coaches calls were working really well and we put points on the board.
“I think it was for me to see what level competition I need to play against and meet a bunch of guys out here --- that’s what I wanted to do.”
Fellow West quarterback Jarrod Heard (Texas) put on a noble performance in front of his home state, he had a game-high 72-yards on eight carries, with an electric 46-yard run down the left sideline to put the West in scoring position late the third quarter.
“My guard kicked a linebacker inside,” Heard said on his sensational run. “I just followed my blocking, the next you know I am seeing green grass – It was good.”
With rumors swirling that Louisville’s Charlie Strong will be the next coach at Texas, Heard gave his thoughts on the possible hire.
“I think he’s great coach,” Heard said. “What he did with Louisville turning them around, I’m excited to play for him. I can’t wait.”
While the West quarterbacks stole the show, West running back Joe Mixon took home game MVP. He scored a three-yard TD late in the second quarter to give the West a 14-0 halftime lead. He also shocked some, when he gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma during the game over UCLA and USC .
“It means a lot,” Mixon said on MVP performance. “It basically showed how much hard work I put in coming into practice. We did a great job as a West team. The coaches did great job of preparing us for this game.”
West running back Royce Freeman (looking at Texas and Texas A&M) led all players with three rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, West was led by linebacker Kenny Smith’s (Top three: Texas A&M UCLA and Oklahoma State) six tackles and one sack.
One of the few bright spots for the East squad was the performance of defensive end Dante Sawyer (South Carolina ), who had a game-high three sacks. East defensive back Erick Smith (Ohio State) led the East with six tackles.