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Grades for the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson (11) looks to pass against Maryland during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from National's 18-17 win over American in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl:

Team American

– The quarterbacks from Team American didn’t fare too well. Former Northwestern State Quarterback Stephen Rivers (+0.8) had the highest grade of the three, while Liberty's Josh Woodrum only had 11 snaps but finished with a -3.0 grade. Utah's quarterback Travis Wilson (-1.5) was a bit too careless with the ball and looked uncomfortable in the pocket.

– USC defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (+3.5) was Team American’s highest-graded player. He had three hurries on 15 pass rushes for a +2.3 pass rush grade. He also had three tackles and a +1.6 run defense grade. Woods is used to playing against a high level of competition and he played like it in the game.

– Campbell defensive tackle Greg Milhouse (+2.3) had two hurries and a batted pass in his 18 pass rushes for a +2.2 pass rush grade. He had a productive game against a higher level of competition that he is used to playing against.

Top performers:

Antwaun Woods +3.5
Reggie Northrup +2.6
Greg Milhouse +2.3
Farrington Huguenin +2.0
Prince Charles Iworah +2.0

Team National

– The Team National quarterbacks certainly fared better as a group than their opponents. Bowling Green's Matt Johnson (+0.5) completed five of ten pass attempts, while former Southern Utah QB Ammon Olsen was six of 12 passing but had two passes dropped. Former TCU Quarterback Trevone Boykin (-0.6) was the lowest-graded of the group, finishing 1 of 3 passing for six yards with one interception.

– Washington State defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (+3.1) was Team National’s highest-graded player. He had one stop in the run game but more importantly had one of the biggest plays of the game with the rare sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery triple-play. Vaeao has NFL potential and graded positively for the year both as a pass rusher and a run defender.

– Former Akron weak-side linebacker Jatavis Brown (+3.0) made his presence felt in the game. He had one QB hit, two run stops, and only allowed one catch on three targets for -6 yards in coverage. He is a bit undersized for an NFL Linebacker but he played well all year, grading positively as a pass rusher, run defender and in coverage.

Top performers:

Destiny Vaeao +3.1
Jatavis Brown +3.0
Vontarrius Dora +1.6
Lenny Jones +1.6
Calvin Heurtelou +1.2



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