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East-West Shrine Game: Nathan Enderle Has Solid Half, West Trails East

With the West offense struggling in the East-West Shrine Game, Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle stepped in and stepped up, guiding the team to its first points of the game. His stats haven’t been through the roof, but Enderle was solid under center, finding Julius Thomas for the score and hitting Thomas again for the two-point conversion. At the half, the East leads the West, 19-8.

It’s been the ground game working for the East, with Tyrod Taylor, Pat Devlin and Ricky Dobbs splitting the quarterback duties. Syracuse running back Delone Carter led all everyone on the ground in the half, carrying seven times for 38 yards and a score. Penn State’s Evan Royster added another score and Dobbs carried four times for 33 yards.

Enderle completed just 5-11 passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, but was the only quarterback on the West doing anything against the East defense. Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien has had a rough week of practice and it carried over to the game as he completed just two of five passes for 13 yards. Nevada’s Vai Taua led the West on the ground and in the receiving game, carrying for 18 yards and catching two passes for 12 yards.

Enderle was one of the few players acknowledged by ESPN’s Todd McShay after the first half. McShay listed him as one of his “players having good games" along with Carter and others. Though he’s been inconsistent at times, Enderle does posses a big arm that could wow scouts in a combine situation.

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