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December 17, 2010
Shrine matchup: NC DB vs. SC WR
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Each day this week, Rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell has looked at the players involved in a key matchup for Saturday's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Friday's matchup: North Carolina DBs vs. South Carolina WRs.
The players:South Carolina wide receivers: Charone Peake (Dorman), Shamier Jeffery (Calhoun County), Donte Sumpter (Myrtle Beach), Christopher Alston (Fairfield Central), David Frazier (Irmo), Alwonta Jenkins (Camden), Bill Johnson (Woodruff), Jerell Adams (Scott's Branch), Alex Glover (Wando)
The breakdown:The South Carolina squad isn't that deep at wide receiver so it will be interesting to see if some of the wide receivers can make plays and help the quarterbacks against a pretty good group of North Carolina defensive backs. Obviously Peake is an elite receiver and many feel he can dominate this game, but he hasn't been dominant in practice and could be matched up against a big corner in Noble. Jeffery is a very good athlete and will provide another option for South Carolina. Let's not forget that Sumpter played with QB Everett Golson in high school and the two have chemistry.
The wild card here could be Adams, the athletic tight end who could cause some problems if utilized in the offense. However, the North Carolina defensive backs - with Noble, Burris, Ellerbe and sleeper L.J. Stroman -- have been solid all week in practice. If they can keep Peake and Jeffery in front of them, they have the edge.