The Gorney Awards: Under Armour All-America Game

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Under Armor All-America Game has ended, so it’s time for the Gorney Awards. Here’s a look back at the week as we roll out some hardware:

A LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

Evan Stewart

This award goes to the most dynamic and exciting player during the week and that was Texas A&M signer Evan Stewart. The five-star receiver is fast, dynamic, can literally be run by almost anyone, and when it can get out of the jam and in its path it has game-breaking capabilities.

Stewart is also extraordinary on the track and it shows why he can extend the field and make everything really difficult with cornerbacks.

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PLAYER

Luther Burden

Luther Burden

This award goes to the player who made a huge impact in the game and goes to the signing of wide receiver Luther Burden, a five-star from Missouri. The first play of the match was a simple exit from Burden, who then lost a tackler, passed two other defenders and ran 65 yards for the first touchdown of the match.

The five-star had a solid week of practice, if not spectacular, but then in the Burden game he showed why he is the # 1 receiver in the 2022 class.

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MITE POWERFUL

This goes to the smallest guy who made the most impact and played bigger than his size and that’s Alabama signer Aaron Anderson. Listed at just 5ft 8 and 187lbs, Anderson is underpowered but still physical and strong and comparisons to Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle aren’t all that exhausting.

The former LSU commit who switched to Crimson Tide plays hard, is physical and an incredibly fast and agile course runner who can beat most defenders deep.

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MARKET UP

Antonio Williams

Antonio Williams

Antonio Williams was injured during his sophomore year, so recruiting didn’t even begin until he was a junior. The great deals didn’t come right away. But Clemson eventually submitted an offer, and the four-star receiver jumped at the opportunity.

Receiver No. 34 of the 2022 class then had a monstrous senior season with 1,625 yards and 15 touchdowns. His performance at the Under Armor game will move him much higher in the receiver rankings because throughout the week Williams has been opening up, making plays and capturing every pass that was thrown at him. A big move could be on the way.

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PHYSICAL PROFESSION

Devon Campbell

Devon Campbell

This award goes to the prospect who just overpowered and mistreated opponents all week and goes to five-star offensive lineman Devon Campbell. Five-star offensive guard from Arlington (Texas) Bowie will be in the conversation for the top offensive lineman in the class even though he should play on the inside, that’s how dominant he was. Barrel-chested, unfussy and hard as nails, Campbell loves to mix things up, loves to overwhelm opponents and has been doing it all week.

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PHYSICAL POWER II

Derrick Moore

Derrick Moore

On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan signer Derrick Moore continues to prove that he is simply stronger than many people trying to block him. Baltimore (Md.) Four-star St. Frances who has been pushing people all season has a relentless attitude and plays with a host of extra nastiness is way stronger than it looks, all good things that go into the Big Ten. Throughout the week of training, Moore rushed in and used a jab to stun offensive linemen before beating them in the backfield.

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BEAST MODE

Walter Nolen

Walter Nolen

This award goes to the most dominant player along the scrimmage lines and who was clearly Texas A&M five-star signer Walter Nolen. Powell, Tennessee’s standout will be in discussion to get back to # 1 in the 2022 class: he was so unstoppable during the week and then in the game his two best highlights were losing a double team before making a game and then taking off. the ball by Harold Perkins on the goal line. Throughout the week in practice, Nolen showed rare throwing ability and in an outstanding defensive tackle group that also included Travis Shaw and Keithian Alexander, Nolen stood out the most.

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ATTACK EM

This award is for a receiver with the best hands during the week and Texas A&M signer Chris Marshall receives this. Marshall has enormous length on the outside, runs like a gazelle, and can aim the ball almost as well as anyone else in the class. The four star also demonstrated throughout the game that he can make hard catches look easy and whatever is thrown at him, Marshall is getting down with the ball.

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CHANGE OF RHYTHM

Harold Perkins

Harold Perkins

This award goes to the player who could impact both sides of the ball and that goes to five star Harold Perkins. The five-star linebacker who engaged in Texas A&M during the Under Armor game played mostly running back during the week and said one of the reasons he picked the Aggies was because they would move him and play him in different spots. In his senior season, the five-star finished with 1,194 running yards and 18 touchdowns, so playing in the backfield is familiar to him too.

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ROCKET ARM

AJ Duffy

AJ Duffy

This award goes to the best-armed quarterback who has shown the ability to zip all the passes on football and Florida State signer AJ Duffy wins this one. The quarterbacks at the Under Armor game were a bit underwhelming, but Duffy was the best of the bunch as he zipped up passes to open receivers all week and also looked good in the game. The Seminoles have been looking for an elite QB for some time and Duffy is up to par.

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MR. CONSISTENCY

Shazz Preston

Shazz Preston

This award goes to the player who has simply been good all week and can be relied on to carry it every day. That was Alabama player Shazz Preston, a four-star catcher who has been consistent all week, opened up against everyone and continued to play game after game. Crimson Tide are getting two superstars in Preston and Anderson based on this work week.

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THE COVERAGE

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

There are four five-star cornerbacks with Michigan signer Will Johnson at the rear of the elite group, but after his week at the Under Armor game, he could be a leap forward. Johnson is tall and well built but by no means clumsy, he’s super smooth on coverage and incredibly smart at diagnosing passes and then making a play on the ball. The unfortunate part was that # 1 Jaheim Singletary did not participate in the UA (COVID) game, and neither were Jackson (injury) and Denver Harris late in tomorrow. Johnson had a great week and it was consistently good.

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LUNCH BUCKET

Kam Dewberry

Kam Dewberry

This is for the prospect who does all the dirty work that doesn’t go into the box scoring or noticed by many. Texas A&M signer Kam Dewberry is the winner here. Whether it’s an offensive tackle or an offensive guard, Dewberry has made a big impact during every workout, he has managed speed to the outside or physical play in the middle and has proven he can cross the line and that the versatility of position will only help the Aggies.

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LUNCH II

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Umeozulu. net

Not much was known about Neto Umeozulu heading towards the week. He safely navigated through the recruiting process and signed with Texas. It turned out to be a big win for the Longhorns because Umeozulu did a fantastic job putting the defensive linemen together in the center and took up more space with his size and length than many of his team’s offensive linemen. Ranked as the seventh best offensive guard in class, Umeozulu could argue for climbing higher.

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