Give him an A.
Jack Coan passed his final test as a college football player Thursday night with flying colors, guiding the West team in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl to an 8-0 first quarter lead.
Coan completed 10 of 13 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown during his two possessions behind center at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. On the West squad’s initial possession, Coan marched the team 74 yards before coming up short at the East one-yard line and turning the bowl over on downs.
The West later in the quarter took an 8-0 lead on Coan’s one-yard touchdown strike to Teagan Quitoriano of Oregon State.
Cone is a 2017 graduate of Sayville High School and is counted among the greatest high school football players in Long Island history. He started two seasons for Wisconsin, leading them to the Rose Bowl during the 2019 season, before transferring to Notre Dame this fall and guiding the Irish — heroically at times — to an 11-2 season and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.
His future though with the NFL is uncertain — making Thursday night’s all-star game an audition of sorts for NFL scouts and coaches. The East-West Shrine Bowl is the final time Coan will perform as a college player.
Heading into the game, Coan was considered a late round NFL Draft pick possibility or perhaps a priority un-drafted free agent (UDFA). Coan has now seized his final live-game opportunity to impress his future employers.
Ahead of the game, Coan was awarded The Pat Tillman Award, which recognizes college athletes who demonstrate intelligence, sportsmanship, and service.
West led 11-0 at halftime, and held on to win 25-24.
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