Wisconsin safety Natrell Jamerson returned a fumble 68 yards to lead the West team to a 14-10 win in the East-West Shrine Game. LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron returned a fumble 22 yards to cap a 23-0 victory for the National team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl.
While the Big Ten and SEC defensive players were among Saturday’s stars, the players who stood out the most were from unheralded programs like Bucknell, Central Michigan, Delaware, Grambling, Northern Iowa, Tulane and Division III Wesley.
The big news Thursday was Jay Cutler making his Dolphins debut out of coming out of retirement, and while the stats don’t reflect it, the former Bears quarterback looked sharp. Also on Thursday, Ryan Mallett was outplayed in what could be an important race to be Baltimore’s backup QB, Tyrod Taylor endured a horrible first-half performance and Blake Bortles got booed after another terrible outing that could put him on the hot seat before the season even begins. You can read about those performances plus even more on the day’s action in Thursday’s roundup.
Bruce Hector, DT, South Florida — The 6-2, 275-pound Hector had seven sacks as a senior and 18 over his career. He added another in the NFLPA Bowl. He’s stout at the point of attack and hard to push off his spot.
Leon Jacobs, LB, Wisconsin — The 6-2, 245-pound Jacobs is a strong, chiseled physical specimen. He sets the edge well and is a durable, smart player who set a school record for games played with 58.
Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin — Jamerson’s highlight was his fumble return for a score, but he was all over the field and was named the defensive MVP of the Shrine Game. He has good speed and ball skills and had a pair of interceptions — with a touchdown — last season for the Badgers.