In an annual competition held during the summer at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon, the Opening 7-on-7 tournament’s purpose is to showcase high school football’s most elite players nationwide. This year’s competition kicked off July 7, with the final whistle blown on Friday, July 10.
Following a losing streak of three straight, Team Lunar Beast capped off their campaign in Nike’s 7-on-7 championship by defeating Mach Speed, 27-14.
Newly-appointed MVP at the Elite 11 Camp, Shea Patterson (Cavalry Baptist; Ole Miss) acted as field general for Team Lunar Beast in their victory over Malik Henry’s (IMG Academy; Florida State) Mach Speed squad.
Nike’s 2015 7-on-7 Participants
Coaches: Craig Nall (QB – Packers; LSU), Dennis Gile (QB – Saskatchewan Roughriders; Central Missouri), Damon Griffin (WR – 49ers/Rams/Bengals; Oregon), Ray Mickens (CB – N.E. Patriots; Texas A&M)
Coaches: Jordan Palmer (QB – Jaguars/Bills/Titans/Bears; UTEP), Sione Taufoou, Natrone Means (RB – Chargers/Jaguars/Panthers; UNC), Aeneas Williams (CB – Cardinals/Rams; Southern)
Coaches: Adam Tafralis (QB – Colts/3 CFL teams; San Jose State), Lavelle Durant, Curtis Conway (WR – Bears/Chargers/Jets/49ers; USC), Willie McGinest (OLB – Patriots/Browns; USC)
Coaches: Charlie Frye (QB – Browns/Seahawks/Raiders; Akron), Quincy Avery, Bucky Brooks (CB/WR – Bills/Packers/Jaguars/Chiefs/Raiders; UNC), Keith Bulluck (LB – Titans/Giants; Syracuse)
Coaches: Kerry Joseph (QB – Seahawks/4 CFL teams/2 NFL Europe teams; McNeese State), Matt James, Jamal Robertson (RB – 49ers/Panthers/Falcons/4 CFL teams/Rhein Fire; Ohio Northern), Harold Nash Jr. (Giants/3 CFL teams/Shreveport Pirates; UL-Lafayette)
Coaches: Jerrod Johnson (QB – Eagles/Steelers/Seahawks/Bears/Montreal Alouettes; Texas A&M), Justin Hoover, Matthew Hatchette (WR – Vikings/Jets/Raiders/Jaguars/Amsterdam Admirals; Langston University), Chris Gizzi (LB – Packers; Air Force)
Meet the Team – Lunar Beast:
Meet the Team – Mach Speed
Top 5 40-yard Dashes at The Opening
4.30 – CB Nigel Knott (Germantown H.S., MS; FSU/BAMA/Tennessee/Ole Miss/Oregon)
4.32 – WR Tyrie Cleveland (Westfield H.S., TX; TCU/Houston/Arizona/Florida)
4.32 – ATH Mecole Hardman (Elbert County H.S., GA; UGA/Tennessee/Auburn/BAMA)
4.32 – Devin Duvernay (Sachse, TX; OU/Baylor/Texas/TAMU)
4.34 – ATH Demetris Robertson (Savannah Christian Prep, GA; UGA/Florida/BAMA)
Full team rosters of 2015’s “The Opening 7-on-7” can be viewed here.
While results from other pool play can be viewed here.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Billy Gates | The Oregonian/OregonLive