McDowell, Shuey shine for Danny Ford's winning Nationals in All-Star Bowl

McDowell led all rushers with 53 yards; Tajh Boyd, Connor Shaw serve as honorary captains

Orange Bowl - Roderick McDowell

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Orange Bowl - Roderick McDowell

GREENVILLE — The second annual College All Star Bowl was dominated by defense in the Nationals’ 12-6 win over the Americans on Friday evening at Furman’s Paladin Stadium.

The game is for draft eligible senior collegians from across the nation hoping to further their hopes of playing professionally.

Washington cornerback Greg Ducre scored the game’s lone touchdown on a 30-yard interception return in the second quarter after Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price tried to make something out of a bad snap that rolled some 20 yards behind him.

After Price whirled and threw toward the sideline, Ducre stepped in and then weaved his way through several would-be tacklers to the end zone.

Furman kicker Ray Early kicked two field goals for the Nationals while South Carolina State kicker Nick Belcher kicked two for the Americans. The Americans had one final drive to try and take the lead in the final minutes, but were denied.

“We only had one practice together, but the defensive unit seemed to play pretty well and holding them to no touchdowns was pretty good,” said Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey, who played for the winning team.

Shuey joined three other Clemson teammates in linebacker Quandon Christian, running back Roderick McDowell and long snapper Phillip Fajgenbaum in the game. Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (Nationals) and former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (Americans) served as honorary captains. No Gamecocks competed.

McDowell had one of the stronger offensive performances with seven rushes for 53 yards.

“My line blocked great so I can’t take all the credit,” McDowell said. “This game really allowed me to showcase my skills. On a stage like this for scouts to see stuff like this, that I can make all the runs, it can help get me get to that ultimate level. And this week was not just playing the game, but I got to sit down and talk to some scouts about me and this week is really going to help me.”

None of the four former Tigers were invited to the NFL Combine and the outing served as another audition for pro personnel prior to Clemson’s March 6 pro day.

Shuey said the biggest positive was “just getting the opportunity to come out here and play with some of the best from all over the country and kind of expand your confidence in yourself to be able to compete against these guys who will have a shot at the next level.

“They did a great job with having scouts throughout our hotel and there during practice and they were there for us to talk to and introduce ourselves and I definitely feel I had some great meetings with them.”

McDowell has been working out in Atlanta with several other former Clemson players in preparing for a hopeful NFL career and really enjoyed the chance to team up with his Tigers for a game under head coach Danny Ford.

“We came away with the win, but really having a lot of fun was all that mattered,” McDowell said. “It felt good getting my brothers all together on one sideline, having fun and laughing, and this is the type of bowl game we’ll talk about later on and it will really bring back a lot of memories.”

Shuey added it was “definitely bittersweet playing with them for the last time. It’s been a great five years with them and it was nice to be able to squeak another game out of it.”

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MoncksTater writes:

Anyone with half a brain can see that Spencer Shuey is a gamer. Pure instincts plus remarkable nose for the ballcarrier. He will be invited to camps and he will catch on with an NFL squad

Clemorange writes:

This post is for the editors of O&W.com...first off I just wanna thank you for your coverage and to let you know that this is the only site that I use to catch up on the behind the scenes stuff. And of coarse as the consumer I have multiple complaints for every compliment...well here it is. I occasionally leave comments actually pertaining to the subject matter in the article and quite often I either don't remember exactly which article I commented on or I just can't find it after it gets lost in other articles. So what I was wondering is if there's somehow a possibility to somehow make the app track the ones I commented on so I can go back and read additional posts that were posted after mine. I don't know whether that's easy to do or not it's just a wish. Thanks! Go Tigers!! I've been bleeding orange for as long as I can remember and as will my kids someday!!!! Come on Cole Stoudt!! You better beat them young guys out! Watson needs to redshirt! Although I wouldn't mind clemson having the 3rd freshman heisman winner but the first winner to be in his true frosh year!

BrandonRink writes:

in response to Clemorange:

This post is for the editors of O&W.com...first off I just wanna thank you for your coverage and to let you know that this is the only site that I use to catch up on the behind the scenes stuff. And of coarse as the consumer I have multiple complaints for every compliment...well here it is. I occasionally leave comments actually pertaining to the subject matter in the article and quite often I either don't remember exactly which article I commented on or I just can't find it after it gets lost in other articles. So what I was wondering is if there's somehow a possibility to somehow make the app track the ones I commented on so I can go back and read additional posts that were posted after mine. I don't know whether that's easy to do or not it's just a wish. Thanks! Go Tigers!! I've been bleeding orange for as long as I can remember and as will my kids someday!!!! Come on Cole Stoudt!! You better beat them young guys out! Watson needs to redshirt! Although I wouldn't mind clemson having the 3rd freshman heisman winner but the first winner to be in his true frosh year!

That's definitely worth looking into, like how you can see your notifications on Twitter or Facebook. For now, you should be able to track the articles you've commented on on your user page. If you click on the headline above each comment, that'll take you to all the other ones - http://www.orangeandwhite.com/users/C...

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

in response to Clemorange:

This post is for the editors of O&W.com...first off I just wanna thank you for your coverage and to let you know that this is the only site that I use to catch up on the behind the scenes stuff. And of coarse as the consumer I have multiple complaints for every compliment...well here it is. I occasionally leave comments actually pertaining to the subject matter in the article and quite often I either don't remember exactly which article I commented on or I just can't find it after it gets lost in other articles. So what I was wondering is if there's somehow a possibility to somehow make the app track the ones I commented on so I can go back and read additional posts that were posted after mine. I don't know whether that's easy to do or not it's just a wish. Thanks! Go Tigers!! I've been bleeding orange for as long as I can remember and as will my kids someday!!!! Come on Cole Stoudt!! You better beat them young guys out! Watson needs to redshirt! Although I wouldn't mind clemson having the 3rd freshman heisman winner but the first winner to be in his true frosh year!

I agree with everything you said except for one thing: If Deshaun Watson can run the offense better than Stoudt or Kelly then be won’t be red shirted he will play just as he should. I have a feeling Cole Stoudt will run the offense good enough so we may have the luxury of red shirting Desahaun Watson. And this may or may not have anything to do with it but I think our defense will be so good we can afford to not put a guy like Watson on field next year. That sounds sort of ridiculous but I’m not so sure about just now ridiculous it really is. What do you think about red shirting Watson and playing Stoudt based on our defense being so hard to score on? Do you think the coaches think like that? I sort a doubt it. They will put the best guy out there to give us to best chance to win so what I just wrote wasted about 3 minutes of my life and yours if you read it. And I'm not sure you even said what I claimed you said in the first place. It's real early in the a.m.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

I wished I stilled lived up there because I would have loved to go to watch the game. Sounds like the same old time good defense by Danny.

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