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June 26, 2012
Rivals Challenge: Northeast lessons learned
MORE: The inaugural Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge
ATLANTA -- Over three days, 25 of the Northeast's best prospects collected in Atlanta to showcase their ability at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge. Here are five things we learned about the Northeast squad during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.
1. Five-stars don't disappoint
On offense, Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green isn't really made for 7-on-7 play and was outdone by fellow Virginia running back Taquan Mizzell, who played running back and slot, but Green was impressive Saturday and contributed to his team's win Sunday with some key catches. If this were full contact, Green would have destroyed quite a few people.
Finally, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy defensive end Kenny Bigelow won most of his reps, once again relying solely on outside moves. He would certainly benefit in these camps if he mixed things up and used a counter or inside move, but Bigelow is still hard to handle because he's so fast and agile for a massive defensive end.
2. Penn State combination?
3. Marshall makes successful transition to wide receiver
Marshall's running mate in the Northeast's wide receiver corps, Laquon Treadwell, came in ranked as one of the top five wide receivers in the country, and backed up his lofty ranking with consistently impressive play. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound Treadwell had more success than most big wide receivers at the event creating separation from defensive backs because he is both physical and fast.
4. 2014 d-backs rule
5. McDowell backs up the hype
McDowell roomed with fellow Detroit native David Dawson during the weekend, and Dawson did plenty of damage of his own. The 6-foot-4, 282-pound offensive guard displayed a strong first punch that held up against the biggest of interior defensive linemen. If he was able to get his hands on a defender, he won the matchup and several top defensive tackles ended up on their backs when facing Dawson.