Senior Bowl Blog: Gameday
Final rosters have been updated and here are the official depth charts for the Senior Bowl.
WR: Jacoby Ford — Mardy Gilyard — Donald Jones
LT: Ed Wang — Vladimir Ducasse
LG: Zane Beadles — Shawn Lauvao
C: Eric Olsen — Matt Tennant
RG: Mike Iupati
RT: Sam Young — Thomas Welch
TE: Ed Dickson — Garrett Graham — Mike Hoomanawanui
WR: Taylor Price — Dorin Dickerson — Danario Alexander
QB: Tony Pike — Sean Canfield — Dan LeFevour
FB: Rashawn Jackson — Cory Jackson
RB: Joique Bell — LeGarrette Blount — Lonyae Miller
LE: Alex Carrington — Tyson Alualu
DT: Jared Odrick — Cam Thomas
DT: Mike Neal — D’Anthony Smith
RE: Brandon Graham — Austen Lane
OLB: AJ Edds, Koa Misi — Justin Cole
MLB: Sean Weatherspoon — Donald Butler — Phillip Dillard
OLB: Daryl Washington — Phillip Dillard — Sean Weatherspoon
LCB: Kyle Wilson — Brandon Ghee
RCB: Devin McCourty — Chris Cook — Syd’Quan Thompson
SS: Larry Asante — Terrell Skinner
FS: Kurt Coleman — Kyle McCarthy
North Special Teams
PK: Brett Swenson
P: Zoltan Mesko
H: Tony Pike — Zoltan Mesko
LS: Mike Windt
PR: Mardy Gilyard — Jacoby Ford — Kyle Wilson
KR: Mardy Gilyard — Devin McCourty — Jacoby Ford
WR: Riley Cooper — Andre Roberts — Shay Hodge
LT: Ciron Black — Selvish Capers
LG: Mike Johnson — Mitch Petrus
C: Jeff Byers — JD Walton
RG: John Jerry — Ted Larsen
RT: Chris Scott
TE: Anthony McCoy — Colin Peek — Jimmy Graham
WR: Jeremy Williams — Joe Webb
QB: Tim Tebow — Jarrett Brown — Zac Robinson
FB: Anthony Dixon — John Conner
RB: Dexter McCluster — Ben Tate — Stafon Johnson — Roy Upchurch
LE: Brandon Lang — CJ Wilson — Antonio Coleman
DT: Dan Williams — Lamarr Houston — Jeff Owens
DT: Terrence Cody — Geno Atkins
RE: Cameron Sheffield — George Selvie
OLB: Eric Norwood — Dekoda Watson
MLB: Jamar Chaney — Roddrick Muckelroy
OLB: Daryl Sharpton
LCB: Perrish Cox — Javier Arenas — Trevard Lindley
RCB: Patrick Robinson — Jerome Murphy
SS: Myron Rolle — Harry Coleman
FS: Taylor Mays — Nate Allen
South Special Teams
PK: Leigh Tiffin
P: Matt Dodge
LS: Morgan Cox
We spent the first several hours before game day walking around and visiting with tailgaters. We gave away a ton of free drink koozies, which worked out well on a chilly day. It was kind of cool to be walking around later in the day and see our site logo all over the place. Fans from all the major college teams of the south were out in full force. Usually, Alabama fans dominate the tail gates but this year, Florida fans gave them a run for their money. We met some great fans, some of which were casual, others were a bit crazy. You’ll see some of them when we get our Senior Bowl pictures up later on. Everything from Superman capes with a “T” for Tim Tebow instead of the “S” to fans covered in blue and orange paint. This Senior Bowl was different and like him or not, Tim Tebow is the reason for that.
Before the game started, I ran into Syd’Quan Thompson in the tunnel, and saw that he wasn’t wearing his pads. I asked him what was up and he said that he tweaked his groin. During player introduction, I stood on the field with the South team as they were being introduced. The feeling in the air was electric and the players were very focused. Every player that was from Alabama was welcomed with roars from the crowd, even the place kicker, Leigh Tiffin. However, no player received a bigger welcome than Tim Tebow, of course. That was the loudest I have ever heard Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
From the opening kick off, the North team set the tone. Dexter McCluster received the kick and Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon slipped through blockers and made an outstanding tackle. The first drive for the South team, led by Tim Tebow, was indicative of the rest of the night for the South; unproductive. The North team dominated the game from the opening kick off to the final snap, winning 31-13.
On the offensive side, Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard was the star of the day. He finished the game with 5 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Gilyard had an up and down week, but really came alive once the game started. He abused Alabama CB Javier Arenas on a deep route, catching a 32 yard touchdown pass from Dan LeFevour in the 4th quarter.
Sean Weatherspoon was one of the most impressive players on defense. Weatherspoon, affectionately referred to as “Spoon,” was solid on defense and in special teams. The Lions coaching staff had “Spoon” playing middle linebacker, even though he played outside linebacker for Missouri. Not only was Sean always around the ball carrier, he was clearly the leader on a very talented North team defense. Sean kept the North team fired up on the sidelines and was observed dancing in between plays.
Tim Tebow failed to impress in the game, fumbling twice and never looking comfortable in the pocket. On one play in the 4th quarter, Tebow was stripped while he was in his throwing motion, highlighting just how elongated his delivery is. He was unable to make plays with his feet, rushing four times for only four yards. Tebow’s longest completion was only 11 yards as he never appeared to have any chemistry with this receivers. Tebow has solidified the negatives that scouts have pointed out and did not help his stock in the game.
If you were following along with my posts and Tweets all week, you could tell that Brandon Graham was my favorite player. Graham dominated in practice and continued that trend in the game tonight. The defensive end from Michigan made OT Ciron Black look like he was wearing cement shoes as he ran by him with ease, registering two sacks and a forced fumble for the North. Graham looked exactly as he did throughout his career at Michigan; always in the backfield and always going at full speed.
Central Michgan QB Dan LeFevour had a pretty solid outing, showing mobility and displaying a variety of throws. Though one of his passes to the sideline hung in the air like a blimp, he bounced back. LeFevour finished the game going 5 of 10 for 97 yards and one touchdown, adding another touchdown with his legs.
After the game, Weatherspoon gathered the North players into a huddle at the center of the field, telling them he would see them all again soon, and leading them in a “North Side!” cheer. I then talked with both Mardy Gilyard and Sean Weatherspoon of the North squads. I could tell during the game that both of them were the leaders of the North squad, but it really showed when I spoke to them. Both Gilyard and Weatherspoon, at separate times, both described how the North squad came together as a team. “When we first came here, we was like this (showing his hand open); five single fingers. A whole bunch of individuals,” said Gilyard after the victory. “When we came in on Wednesday, we took all those fingers and went like this (making a fist). We made a mighty fist. And I just told them, look at the scoreboard. A mighty fist can deliver a serious blow.” When I talked to Sean Weatherspoon aftewards, he said almost exactly what Gilyard told me.
Looking back at today’s game, it was kind of nice how things worked out. All week I’ve been talking about how physical the North defensive players are and how impressive Brandon Graham has been. Lucky for me, the game worked out where the South only scored one touchdown and Brandon Graham was the game’s MVP. It was a pretty one sided affair as the South just wasn’t able to compete well with the North defense.
Check back soon for a full report of who helped their stock this week in Mobile, and who showed that they might not have what it takes to play in the NFL.
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