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Quarterbacks struggle in East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Perhaps highlighting the lack of a can't-miss quarterback in this year's NFL draft class, those playing the position for both teams were off the mark in Saturday's 88th annual East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.

Kansas State's Collin Klein, a one-time frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy this past season and the most ballyhooed of the six quarterbacks in the game, completed 5 of 13 passes for 43 yards with an interception. Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech) and Nathan Stanley (Southeastern Louisiana) didn't fare much better for the East. Cameron was 3-for-6 for 33 yards, and Stanley had 19 yards on 2-of-5 passing. Each threw an interception.

West starter Seth Doege (Texas Tech) finished 4-for-8 for 30 yards and a pick. Doege's teammates fared a bit better. Alex Carder (Western Michigan) completed 9 of 11 for 95 yards, though he threw an interception on his third pass of the game. Arizona's Matt Scott was the best of the bunch, connecting on 3 of 4 passes and completing the game's only touchdown pass, a 57-yarder to Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis.

FAMOUS AMOS: A former walk-on at Middle Tennessee State who didn't earn a scholarship until the beginning of his senior year, Anthony Amos, had a breakout season for the Blue Raiders, catching 72 passes for 992 yards and nine touchdowns and earning first-team All-Sun Belt honors.

At the Shrine Game, Amos continued his rapid rise.

After a week of practice in which the 6-foot, 185-pound receiver showed an ability to make difficult catches look routine, Amos excelled in the West offense, tying Bumphis for a game-high four catches and averaging nearly 15 yards a reception.

"My mind-set coming out here was to work hard and do my best," Amos said. "Everything else will fall into place."

He also displayed versatility, taking a reverse handoff on the 3-yard line and outracing the East defense to the corner pylon for the game's first touchdown.

"It was just a little something to let the scouts know what I can do," he said.

MISCELLANY: The West leads the East 47-36 all-time and is on a two-game winning streak. … Bumphis was named the outstanding offensive player, joining tight end Donald Lee (2003) as the only Mississippi State players to win the award. Kansas State corner Nigel Malone was named the outstanding defensive player; he had a 30-yard interception return for a score. … Dade City native Josh Johnson (Purdue), a Pasco High graduate, had a 29-yard kickoff return for the East in the fourth quarter.

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