Saturday Jan 05 2013
Eddie Vanderdoes records a sack in U.S. Army All-American BowlBy: Journal sports staff and Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Eddie Vanderdoes was looking forward to representing Auburn at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Placer High School senior repped his hometown pretty well on Saturday in front of a national audience in a game played with 90 of the top college football recruits throughout the country.
“All of the players, musicians and soldiers who participate each year in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl make it the premier high school football game in the nation,” Army representative Mark Davis said in a statement. “We are proud to be able to continue to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth and the strength of the Army soldier.”
Vanderdoes, playing for the West team, recorded a sack and was given numerous shout-outs throughout the NBC telecast. He was credited with three tackles on the day, including one for a loss.
At one point, Southern California-commit Max Browne even appeared to be pleading for Vanderdoes to recommit to USC.
Vanderdoes was part of a special team’s unit for the West that blocked a pair of field goals, stalling a pair of East drives.
The game was played at the Alamodome in front of a bowl-record 40,133 spectators, including Vanderdoes’ parents Eddie and Behia,who were reportedly featured on the jumbotron after their son’s lone sack of the contest.
Unfortunately, Vanderdoes' team was on the losing end of the scoreboard.
Alabama running back commit Derrick Henry ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, showcasing the form that made him a key recruit for the Crimson Tide.
Henry also scored on a 2-point conversion to help the East team beat the West 15-8. When the decision was made to go for 2, Henry knew he could get in.
"I told coach I wanted the ball," Henry said. "I've been looking forward to this game more than watching Alabama play. This is the height of competition, and I wanted to show I can play."
Wide receiver James Quick announced that he'd stay in his hometown and play for Louisville, which is fresh off a Sugar Bowl win over Florida. Quick scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson for the East.
The West went ahead 8-7 with just less than seven minutes to go when Browne, a Washington state high-school passing record-holder from Sammamish, Wash., completed a 16-yard TD pass to Derrick Griffin. Browne followed with a 2-point conversion pass to tight end DeSean Smith, who has committed to LSU.