Senior Bowl Game Notes
After a long week of practicing, interviewing and tailgating, the actual game came upon us. I predicted a North win, as they had a much better defense throughout the week of practices, with the South’s QBs proving ineffective. So with a whole lotta southern sunshine and down south cooking, two planes flew over Ladd-Peebles Stadium and we finally had kickoff.
Stephean Paea, DL, Oregon State – Knee injury
Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian – Hamstring injury
Gabe Carimi, OL, Wisconsin – Ankle injury
Ahmad Black, DB, Florida – Illness
Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma – Undisclosed injury
*Leonard Hankerson showed his versatility everywhere; offensive MVP with 5 catches for 100 yards and 1 TD and also covered punts and kickoffs.
*Von Miller may be the best pure athlete here and should not stay long on the board.
*Danny Watkins was very effective and looked great playing Guard.
*Colin McCarthy flew all over the field. Made plays from sideline-to-sideline, showcasing great speed.
*Christian Ponder looked good today, but awful all week; don’t be fooled St. Louis Rams.
*Brooks Reed‘s motor made him some great plays in the game, but still needs more work on his play in space. A solid pass rusher who only uses 1 move; he was silenced all week during practice.
*Vincent Brown was a constant look and reliable target as he easily gained separation.
* Derrick Locke is really quick.
*Sam Acho‘s motor and toughness makes him seemingly unstoppable.
*Ryan Kerrigan tough, solid game
*Demarcus Love was abused by Brooks Reed at tackle and just looked awful overall. Please, someone move him inside.
*Anthony Castonzo couldn’t keep up with faster lineman.
*DeMarco Murray‘s first steps are way too slow and was bottled up pretty quickly. He has got to get lower to the ground.
*Greg McElroy was inconsistent during the week and was inconsistent today – his accuracy “issues” have now become a problem.
*Kendric Burney was picked on all day, with Hankerson getting the best of him.
*Andy Dalton couldn’t keep up with his speedy receivers.
*The South’s coaching staff (Buffalo Bills) thought that Noel Devine (5’8″, 180lbs) was a goaline back, as they tried to run him between the tackles 3 times in a row from inside the 5.