Tucson, Arizona became the home of the Casino Del Sol Classic after it was nearly dropped. Last year the game was played in Tempe, Arizona as the Eastham Energy College All-Star Game. The contest was played on January 16, 2012 in the San Diego Padres major league affiliate’s stadium. The game drew over 7800 fans. Former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill coached the Stripes (West) team. Hill is now the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach of the Stars (East) was former Mississippi and Arkansas Head Coach Houston Nutt. The Stripes won the game 24-21. Players that stood out in practice and in the game were: Jeremy Lane (Northwestern State) DC, 5116, 183. Raw but athletic in his play. Courage to hit on run support. Good week of practice, had nine tackles in the game. Jerrell Jackson (Missouri) WR, 5116, 192. Snatches the ball in his hands. Runs good routes. Sam Proctor Jr. (Oklahoma) SS, 5116, 223, arms 34 1/8”. Active wrap up tackler on run support and special teams. Started 13 games at Oklahoma. Alex Gottlieb (William & Mary) TE, 6032, 246. Hand catcher, runs good routes, screen off blocker. Cordarro Law (Southern Mississippi) OB, 6014, 259. Good week of practice. A 3-4 rush end projection. Makes most of his plays when he’s unblocked. Flash guy. Manny Abreu (Rutgers) OB, 6026, 256, hands 10 ¼”. Flashes edge pass rush ability. Needs to disengage better. Drew Nowak (Western Michigan) DT, 6030, 292. Plays with leverage and pushes up the field. Good effort, try hard guy. Jerome Raymond (Morehead State-KY) OB, 6032, 237. Sudden first step quickness. Recorded 68 tackles and 11 ½ sacks senior year. Guesses on snap. He had two offensive penalties in game. Projects to 3-4 edge rusher. Robert Golden (Arizona) SS, 5105, 202. Safety with corner skills.
LaMark Brown (Minnesota State- Mankato) WR, 6030, 223, hands 10”. Possession receiver with run after catch ability. Transfer from Kansas State where he was a running back. Caught eight passes in game. Voted MVP. Rodney Stewart (Colorado) RB, 5061, 174. Small but explosive and elusive in his play. Productive college career with 3598 yards rushing. Justin Helwege (Central Washington) WR, 6040, 212. Possession receiver with good hands. Aaron Pflugrad (Arizona State) WR, 5092, 176. Undersized Wes Welker type receiver with sure hands. Runs good routes and returns punts. Ernest Owusu (California) DE, 6040, 270, hands 10 1/8”. Active big man who hustles all over the field. Missed part of season with broken arm. Dexter Heyman (Louisville) IB, 6024, 238, arms 33 ¾”. Downhill linebacker with good instincts. Plays square. Brian McNally (New Hampshire) DE, 6030, 263, arms 33 1/8”. Good measurables for position. Has 28.5 career sacks and 40.5 tackles for loss. Carmen Messina (New Mexico) IB, 6006, 238. Plays square. Good fit in hole. Two down linebacker.