ST. PETERSBURG — Demonte McAllister has had a pretty good senior year. Not only did he win a national championship with Florida State, he also graduated. And on Saturday he helped his East team win the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.
"It's been a great year," said McAllister, a graduate of Alonso High. "I've just got to keep on climbing that ladder."
It was the last college game for McAllister, but he said he hopes it's not his last football game. He plans to continue working out and hopes to get an NFL combine invite.
As for the all-star game, he said he could have played better.
"I missed a couple tackles, but I had fun out there," McAllister said. "It was a great week playing in this game and seeing the kids at the hospital. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Reedy was ready: Former Lakewood High standout Bernard Reedy didn't just want to play in front of a home crowd, he wanted to make an impact.
Reedy did that, catching four passes for 46 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the West team.
Reedy, who completed his senior season at Toledo, said he hoped to prove he could play at the next level despite concerns about his height (5 feet 7).
"I think (scouts) wanted to know if I could play above my height," Reedy said. "Can I play like a 6-foot-1 receiver? I think I proved that."
Reedy said he will train in Cincinnati while hoping to receive an invitation to the combine.
Small college, big impact: The East played solid defense the entire game, led by DL Ethan Westbrooks of West Texas A&M. He had two sacks and assisted on another, and he was named defensive MVP.
"It definitely ended my college career with a bang," Westbrooks said. "I got to play against some players who are the best at what they do. It was fun to compete at a high level like this."
Tillman Award: Oklahoma C Gabe Ikard was named the Pat Tillman Award winner. The award, named in honor of the former Arizona State and Arizona Cardinals player who left the NFL to join the Army and was killed during a mission in Afghanistan in 2004, is given to the player who exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service.