With multiple All-Star games being played across the county, numerous players from Colorado prep football brought their A games to the competition. In the U.S. Army All-American Bowl a pair of Mullen players, safety Nolan Brewster and offensive lineman Bryce Givens made their presence known.
Nolan Brewster again showed why he is such a solid player as he was active both on defense and special teams. What stood out early was the hustle tackle he made chasing down an East back and stopping what looked to be a long touchdown. Brewster followed that play later in the first half with an interception on a tipped ball. More importantly and what may get Brewster on the field at the University of Texas, was impressive special teams play. On the kickoff team, Brewster made multiple tackles and was constantly around the ball. Also in the special team game, Brewster was very close to blocking an East punt. Like he did during his career at Mullen, Brewster in the All-Star game, showed good football sense, solid fundamentals and the flexibility to play in and out of the box as well as comfort in zone and man coverage.
Every time I see Bryce Givens, I'm surprised how thin he is, especially through the hips. His seemingly skinny stature is actually a positive. Many young linemen put on bad weight and once Bryce gets his broken hand completely healed he should be able to get back full time in the weight room and start putting on good weight. Expect the University of Colorado weight room staff to relish the opportunity to build this young man up. With the West squad behind much of the game and forced to pass, Bryce had the opportunity to feature his skills as a pass blocker. In this area, Givens was able to show his athleticism and form as he took on and handled top defensive ends in one on one situations during the game. With long levers, good base and quick feet, Givens looked very solid.
Along with the seniors who played in the game, some of Colorado's best underclassmen participated earlier in the week at the All-American combine. Legacy defensive end Nick Kasa held his own in one on one drills. Like many of the participants at the combine, Nick ran a little slow by his standards, but since the end of the season Kasa has concentrated on adding weight and currently weighs 250 on his 6-7 frame. Look for his speed to soon get back to the 4.6 – 4.7 range.
Stay tuned for an update on Curtis Cunningham from the Under Armour game.
Although their West squad came up short in a hard hitting football game, The Mullen duo of Bryce Givens and Nolan Brewster showed why they are two of the nation's best.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl Breakdown