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Two players who were bitter rivals in their collegiate careers headlined the 2011 Senior Bowl's list of players who may have gotten a boost with a good game.
Florida State's Christian Ponder, named the Senior Bowl MVP, proved he can move an offense with a seven-for-13 performance through the air that included two touchdown passes.
His favorite target was Leonard Hankerson, a lanky receiver from FSU's bitter rival, Miami. Hankerson collected five passes for 99 yards, including a touchdown from Ponder, and may have flashed enough talent to remind NFL scouts of past Miami studs at wideout, like Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson.
Texas A&M's Von Miller capped an excellent week in Mobile with another good game. He recovered from a lackluster start to his senior season in 2010 by showing why he was a favorite choice for preseason awards lists with speed and hustle towards the end of the year, and the Butkus Award winner harassed the North's quarterbacks all day. Miller is likely to be a top-five or top-ten pick.
Perhaps the most talked-about name of the 2011 Senior Bowl, Jake Locker might have gotten the slightest bump in the game. The Washington product started slowly, completing only one pass in a poor first quarter, but played better in the game's second half, leading the North's only touchdown drive.
Sure, it was a drive aided by a pass interference penalty on a poorly thrown pass, and Locker did fumble on the drive, but being able to put a bad start behind him shows the sort of mental makeup that often translates to "confidence" for NFL scouts.
It's been a long and winding road for Christian Ponder, but the Florida State quarterback was named the 2011 Senior Bowl MVP after a fine day that could not help but boost his 2011 NFL Draft stock.
Ponder led the South team to a 24-10 win with a steady hand in the passing game, completing seven of his 13 throws for 131 yards and two touchdowns. That was an MVP performance in a game marked by frequent substitutions; 17 of the South's 24 points came on three drives led by Ponder that covered 72, 70, and 68 yards.
For Ponder, it's a bit of redemption, or maybe confirmation. He's been seen as a quarterback with NFL talent since starting as a sophomore at Florida State, but injuries had waylaid his collegiate career in the past two seasons. Ponder, who completed his degree in three years, chose to return to Tallahassee for a fourth year after Bobby Bowden's retirement following the 2009 season, only to have shoulder problems plague him all year.
But Ponder's always had the physical tools to play quarterback — he doesn't have an exceptional arm, but his accuracy is above-average — and the smarts to understand a complex offense. It would be no surprise if he made himself a fair amount of money with an strong week in Mobile and in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
The 2011 Senior Bowl is over, and the final score belies how one-sided it really was.
The South scored a 24-10 victory over the North with a balanced attack, thanks to two passing touchdowns from Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and 126 yards on the ground from its runners. The South's defense also stifled the North offense, allowing 18 yards and zero points in the first half and a net zero rushing yards for the game.
The bright spot of the South's day was its second half passing game, keyed by Jake Locker and Ricky Stanzi. Locker, who struggled mightily in the first quarter as the North's starter, completing just one of three passes, recovered to have a nice day: the Washington signal caller completed seven of 10 passes for 98 yards.
Stanzi threw for 87 yards, completing seven of 12 throws.
Louisville's Bilal Powell led a deep South rushing attack, tallying 50 yards on 10 carries. Miami receiver Loenard Hankerson led all players in yards from scrimmage, hauling in five passes for 99 yards and the game's first touchdown.
TCU's Jeremy Kerley caught Ponder's second touchdown pass, a 23-yard strike in the fourth quarter.
Perhaps it was too early to write off the North's chances in the 2011 Senior Bowl.
After a woeful first half in which it gained just 18 yards, the North squad turned things around in the third quarter, and now trails the South by just a touchdown, 17-10.
The North rally was partially led by, of all people, Jake Locker. The Washington quarterback's bad week has been marked by inaccuracy and inconsistency, but he helped lead the South's first touchdown drive of the day, capped by a Da'Rel Scott touchdown from one yard out. He's now completed three of five passes for 51 yards.
Nevada's Colin Kaepernick got the North on the board first, quarterbacking a drive that finished with a Kai Forbath field goal.
The North still hasn't gotten much of a running game going — on 15 carries, North runners have tallied a whopping three yards through three quarters — but their passing game has made the 2011 Senior Bowl competitive.
Of course, things could change in the fourth quarter: the North could maintain its momentum, but the South, stocked with SEC, Big 12, and ACC talent could very well rise again and put this one out of reach.
The 2011 Senior Bowl is supposed to be a showcase for all the nation's best senior NFL Draft prospects. The North is waiting for that showcase part.
Through 30 minutes in Mobile, it's been all South: the red-clad team is up 17-0 through two quarters, and it hasn't really been close.
The South team has 213 total yards and 12 first downs; the North has 18 total yards and one first down. (Bilal Powell of Louisville, not even the South's leading rusher, has 18 yards on the ground.) Though Jake Locker was mercifully returned to the bench — players rotate in the glorified exhibition — after a miserable first quarter, neither Ricky Stanzi nor Colin Kaepernick managed to move the North very well, and although Kaepernick fired a 23-yard strike, he followed that up with an interception.
The North, of course, is playing very well. Christian Ponder passed for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and Derrick Locke had five carries for 34 yards. Noel Devine has the South's other touchdown, but only eight yards on seven carries.
On the bright side for the South? Uh ... they're averaging 22 yards per kick return?
While the 2011 Senior Bowl is a showcase for players trying to improve their NFL Draft stock, it's also a wonderful melting pot for college greats that sometimes makes for strange bedfellows. Two of them hooked up for the game's first touchdown.
Florida State's Christian Ponder led a strong drive for the South, and capped it with a touchdown pass to Miami's Leonard Hankerson. Though that's a heresy that could never have happened for the two bitter rivals while in their collegiate colors, it's been a good-looking connection thus far in Mobile.
The South leads 10-0 after the first quarter, thanks to that 18-yard Hankerson touchdown catch and an earlier chip shot field goal by Josh Jasper. That's a score that's revealing for the North's lack of success so far. And that, in turn, is thanks to Jake Locker's subpar start.
Locker, whose stock has been tumbling since getting Heisman and first overall NFL Draft pick hype prior to the 2010 season, has struggled in the Senior Bowl, completing just one of his three passes in the first quarter for only two yards. It's not all him — the North defense isn't doing much against the South offense, and Locker's running backs haven't been effective — but Locker's performance certainly hasn't helped his NFL Draft prospects to this point.
At 4 p.m. Eastern in Mobile, Alabama, the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl will kick off, and everyone in a position to make decisions in the 2011 NFL Draft will certainly be paying attention to every man on both rosters. We'll have a chance to see TCU's Andy Dalton, Iowa's Ricky Stanzi, and Arkansas' Greg McElroy, and that's in the quarterback slot alone.
The North team will be coached by the Cincinnati Bengals' staff, while the Buffalo Bills' staff will coach the South team. Here are the full Senior Bowl rosters:
|95||Allen, Pierre||DL||6-3 7/8 / 273||Nebraska|
|46||Ballard, Christian||DL||6-4 1/8 / 288||Iowa|
|45||Beal, Jeremy||DL||6-2 3/8 / 268||Oklahoma|
|73||Brewer, James||OL||6-6 1/4 / 323||Indiana|
|23||Brown, Jalil||DB||6-0 1/4 / 202||Colorado|
|80||Brown, Vincent||WR||5-11 / 184||San Diego State|
|8||Burney, Kendric||DB||5-9 / 181||North Carolina|
|68||Carimi, Gabe||OL||6-7 1/8 / 315||Wisconsin|
|20||Carter, Quinton||DB||6-0 5/8 / 211||Oklahoma|
|74||Castonzo, Anthony||OL||6-7 1/8 / 305||Boston College|
|25||Forbath, Kai||K||5-10 5/8 / 191||UCLA|
|40||Foster, Mason||LB||6-1 1/8 / 241||Washington|
|92||Fua, Sione||DL||6-1 3/4 / 307||Stanford|
|79||Fusco, Brandon||OL||6-4 1/8 / 302||Slippery Rock|
|28||Hagg, Eric||DB||6-1 3/8 / 206||Nebraska|
|17||Harris, Dwayne||WR||5-9 7/8 / 200||East Carolina|
|20||Helu Jr., Roy||RB||5-11 3/8 / 216||Nebraska|
|90||Henery, Alex||P||6-1 1/8 / 178||Nebraska|
|44||Herzlich, Mark||LB||6-3 5/8 / 250||Boston College|
|51||Homan, Ross||LB||6-0 3/8 / 229||Ohio State|
|24||Hunter, Kendall||RB||5-7 1/4 / 199||Oklahoma State|
|5||Jarrett, Jaiquawn||DB||5-11 7/8 / 196||Temple|
|53||Jones, Greg||LB||5-11 7/8 / 240||Michigan State|
|97||Jordan, Cameron||DL||6-4 1/8 / 287||California|
|10||Kaepernick, Colin||QB||6-4 5/8 / 225||Nevada|
|84||Kendricks, Lance||TE||6-3 1/8 / 240||Wisconsin|
|91||Kerrigan, Ryan||DL||6-3 7/8 / 255||Purdue|
|69||Kowalski, Kevin||OL||6-3 1/8 / 300||Toledo|
|26||Lefeged, Joe||DB||5-11 1/4 / 208||Rutgers|
|10||Locker, Jake||QB||6-2 1/4 / 228||Washington|
|48||Marecic, Owen||RB||6-0 3/8 / 246||Stanford|
|55||Matthews, Casey||LB||6-0 3/4 / 232||Oregon|
|94||McClain, Terrell||DL||6-3 / 310||South Florida|
|44||McNeill, Mike||TE||6-3 3/4 / 232||Nebraska|
|70||Moffitt, John||OL||6-4 / 314||Wisconsin|
|7||Murray, DeMarco||RB||6-0 / 214||Oklahoma|
|25||Paul, Niles||WR||6-0 7/8 / 225||Nebraska|
|1||Pettis, Austin||WR||6-2 1/2 / 205||Boise State|
|71||Pinkston, Jason||OL||6-3 3/8 / 313||Pittsburgh|
|8||Sanzenbacher, Dane||WR||5-11 1/8 / 181||Ohio State|
|52||Schilling, Stephen||OL||6-4 1/8 / 302||Michigan|
|33||Scott, Da'Rel||RB||5-10 7/8 / 205||Maryland|
|22||Searcy, Da'Norris||DB||5-10 5/8 / 216||North Carolina|
|7||Sherman, Richard||DB||6-2 3/8 / 193||Stanford|
|16||Smith, Lee||TE||6-5 7/8 / 269||Marshall|
|78||Solder, Nate||OL||6-8 1/4 / 314||Colorado|
|12||Stanzi, Ricky||QB||6-4 1/8 / 221||Iowa|
|96||Williams, Ian||DL||6-1 3/8 / 311||Notre Dame|
|48||Wilson, Lawrence||LB||6-0 3/4 / 225||Connecticut|
|2||Young, Titus||WR||5-11 1/4 / 174||Boise State|
|54||Yount, Christian||DS||6-0 / 241||UCLA|
|81||Acho, Sam||DL||6-1 3/4 / 257||Texas|
|82||Aiken, Danny||DS||6-4 1/2 / 246||Virginia|
|18||Allen, Anthony||RB||5-11 3/4 / 223||Georgia Tech|
|57||Bailey, Allen||DL||6-3 1/4 / 278||Miami|
|35||Black, Ahmad||DB||5-9 3/8 / 183||Florida|
|60||Boling, Clint||OL||6-4 7/8 / 310||Georgia|
|3||Brown, Curtis||DB||5-11 5/8 / 180||Texas|
|17||Bynes, Josh||LB||6-1 3/8 / 239||Auburn|
|77||Carpenter, James||OL||6-4 3/4 / 313||Alabama|
|9||Clay, Charles||RB||6-3 1/8 / 239||Tulsa|
|14||Dalton, Andy||QB||6-2 / 213||TCU|
|27||Devine, Noel||RB||5-7 / 160||West Virginia|
|85||Dial, Preston||TE||6-2 1/8 / 238||Alabama|
|4||Etheridge, Zac||DB||5-11 1/2 / 201||Auburn|
|76||Gilbert, Marcus||OL||6-6 1/2 / 329||Florida|
|12||Gilchrist, Marcus||DB||5-9 7/8 / 193||Clemson|
|86||Hankerson, Leonard||WR||6-1 5/8 / 205||Miami|
|17||Henry, Chas||P||6-3 3/8 / 220||Florida|
|62||Hudson, Rodney||OL||6-2 1/4 / 291||Florida State|
|56||Irving, Nate||LB||6-1 1/4 / 242||NC State|
|30||Jasper, Josh||K||5-10 / 173||LSU|
|99||Jenkins, Jarvis||DL||6-3 7/8 / 309||Clemson|
|8||Johnson, Ronald||WR||5-11 1/8 / 186||USC|
|84||Kerley, Jeremy||WR||5-9 1/4 / 188||TCU|
|66||Kirkpatrick, Jake||OL||6-2 1/4 / 301||TCU|
|20||Locke, Derrick||RB||5-8 1/8 / 186||Kentucky|
|65||Love, DeMarcus||OL||6-4 5/8 / 318||Arkansas|
|46||McCarthy, Colin||LB||6-1 1/4 / 235||Miami|
|2||McDaniel, DeAndre||DB||6-0 1/8 / 213||Clemson|
|12||McElroy, Greg||QB||6-1 3/4 / 222||Alabama|
|90||McPhee, Pernell||DL||6-2 7/8 / 274||Mississippi State|
|40||Miller, Von||LB||6-2 5/8 / 237||Texas A&M|
|91||Neild, Chris||DL||6-1 7/8 / 313||West Virginia|
|61||O'Dowd, Kristofer||OL||6-4 1/4 / 303||USC|
|29||Patrick, Johnny||DB||5-10 1/2 / 185||Louisville|
|7||Ponder, Christian||QB||6-2 1/8 / 222||Florida State|
|15||Powell, Bilal||RB||5-10 3/8 / 204||Louisville|
|42||Reed, Brooks||DL||6-2 1/2 / 257||Arizona|
|1||Salas, Greg||WR||6-2 / 210||Hawaii|
|28||Sanders, Jock||WR||5-7 / 179||West Virginia|
|11||Sheppard, Kelvin||LB||6-2 1/8 / 250||LSU|
|79||Sherrod, Derek||OL||6-5 5/8 / 312||Mississippi State|
|6||Smith, Courtney||WR||6-5 / 230||South Alabama|
|88||Stocker, Luke||TE||6-4 7/8 / 255||Tennessee|
|98||Taylor, Phil||DL||6-3 1/2 / 337||Baylor|
|53||Thornton, Cedric||DL||6-3 5/8 / 299||Southern Arkansas|
|16||Van Dyke, DeMarcus||DB||6-1 / 168||Miami|
|59||Watkins, Danny||OL||6-3 1/2 / 312||Baylor|
|50||White, Chris||LB||6-2 7/8 / 244||Mississippi State|
|45||Williams, D.J.||TE||6-1 7/8 / 236||Arkansas|
|34||Wright, K.J.||LB||6-3 1/8 / 246||Mississippi State|
|24||Wright, Shareece||DB||5-11 / 182||USC|
|73||Ziemba, Lee||OL||6-6 / 317||Auburn|
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Patrick Peterson was one of the nation's top defensive players last year at LSU, and his versatility in the return game earned him praise as one of college football's best athletes and a fringe Heisman candidate. But could the cornerback, meeting with teams this week at the 2011 Senior Bowl, really run a sub-4.3 40? And what would that do for his 2011 NFL Draft stock?
That's what Peterson thinks, it seems. He's not participating in the Senior Bowl, as a draft-eligible junior who has chosen to enter himself in the draft, but he's telling scouts he's slimmed down and is taking aim at some ludicrous speed.
Pat Peterson from LSU is at the Sr. Bowl with his dad & he is telling everyone that his weight is down to 211 & that he will run a sub 4.3
Obviously, 40-yard dash times are not the only or best measure of a player's skills, or even a player's speed. But if Peterson can truly be that fast both in shorts and pads, it makes him an extraordinary talent and a once-in-a-generation prospect at cornerback: Peterson already has uncommon size for the position, and adding blazing speed to his impressive coverage skills and ball-hawking ability gives him the profile of a top-five pick.
He might even go first overall in the draft to the Carolina Panthers. He's been rising of late, prompting Albert Breer to ask about his ceiling in a roundabout way.
Doing some work for my NFL Notes ... Do you realize no DB has been taken first overall in 55 years? Could Patrick Peterson buck that trend?
Nevada's Colin Kaepernick was one of college football's most productive quarterbacks for the Wolf Pack, but it was always thought that his unorthodox size — Kaepernick has been listed at six feet, six inches, but is actually six feet, four and a half inches — would work against him in the NFL. Thanks to some impressive work in the 2011 Senior Bowl practices, that may be changing.
Kaepernick opened the week with an impressive first day, and has done little to ding his rising NFL Draft stock.
That's made Colin Kapernick one of the hottest names of the week. Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko passes along that Kaepernick may have pushed himself into the second round with his performance.
Heard on plane back from scout that Kaepernick could go as high as 2nd round! I think Mia, Ten, Min most interested; I think he's a project
Those three teams — the Dolphins, Titans, and Vikings — would all presumably be looking for a franchise quarterback. Kaepernick has projectable potential, but he might be too rough a diamond for that high a selection.
West Virginia running back Noel Devine has been one of the most explosive players in college football over the last four years, but as he's finding out at the 2011 Senior Bowl, size matters a lot more in the NFL.
Devine's name has percolated this week in a variety of "How small is he?" questions, thanks to weighing in at five feet, seven inches and 160 pounds, a size or two below the height and weight NFL scouts likely would have preferred. That's helped ESPN's Todd McShay, among others, decree that his stock is slipping. This quote is relayed by NBC Sports' Evan Silva:
McShay: "I think WVU RB Noel Devine has hurt his draft stock. Inability to break tackles and gets lost in passing game. Third-day prospect."
Despite that, and despite Devine not participating in pass-blocking drills earlier this week, he's got game-breaking speed and could be an asset to a team as a return specialist. Devine has also told reporters he wants to bulk up to 180 pounds by the NFL Combine.
One of my favorite parts of the postseason all-star games like the 2011 Senior Bowl is seeing players go from anonymity to NFL draft favorite. Those players, like Texas A&M LB Von Miller this year, that come in and absolutely blow up. Miller was a solid first round prospect -- and now he's being talked about in the top five.
Our Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, has taken a particularly high interest in the 2011 Senior Bowl since Carolina holds the No. 1 overall pick. They have a list of a bunch of players that have hurt and helped their stock during Senior Bowl practices this week. Here are a couple who have helped themselves:
As it stands, it appears impressing the most are WR Titus Young and NT Phil Taylor. Some scouts now thinkYoung could be a 2nd round prospect. Meanwhile Taylor is trying to cement himself as the #1 NT in the draft. Colin Kapernick is getting a lot of press, as the QBs tend to and I think he'll be a great value pick for a team with an established starter and the 2-3 years needed for Kapernick to overhaul his throwing motion.
The nose tackle position will be become more and more important as more teams go to the 3-4 defense. It used to be a handful of teams running the 3-4 and now it's nearly half the league.
Check out Cat Scratch Reader to see who the No. 1 pick Panthers are talking about at the Senior Bowl.
Texas A&M LB/DE Von Miller was expected to be a middle-to-lower first-round pick coming into Senior Bowl practice week, but the six-foot-three, 240-pounder has decided to do something about that. Adam Schefter thinks Miller has become a top-five pick based on his superb week of Senior Bowl practices, and the raves don’t stop there.
Though Miller has been working with linebackers, he’s also joined in pass-rush drills with defensive linemen, where his excellent play went to another level.
Big talk and big comparisons, but remember we’re talking about a player who led the nation in sacks in 2009, is a two-time first-team All-American, and won the Butkus Award in 2010. He’s led many observers and evaluators to describe him as smart and classy, too, which never hurts, unless if you’re Myron Rolle.
The Minnesota Vikings are a curious case heading into the 2011 Senior Bowl because they still don't know who their 2011 quarterback will be. It could be someone practicing this week in Mobile, AL (unlikely) or it could be someone via free agency (if there even is free agency) or someone else in the draft.
The Vikings are among the teams most likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming draft -- not necessarily in the first round -- and Steve Wyche of NFL.com says the Vikings are looking for at least one project quarterback. The Senior Bowl would be a good spot to find that quarterback and they better do it quick because, as Frazier says, they're behind the rest of the position in that regard.
"We don't think we're that far away, but we have to get the right guy under center. Otherwise, we'll fall further behind people in our division. The two teams that played in the NFC Championship Game (Green Bay and Chicago) are from our division. That tells you we've got a tough division. We've got to get it right at quarterback, whether it be a veteran or a young guy."
If they're looking for a day-one starter from the Senior Bowl then your only candidate may be Locker. As pointed out earlier, he has the most pro-ready mechanics of any of the quarterbacks the Vikings are checking out this week. We'll see who's able to impress the Vikings most after Saturday's game.
Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker isn’t likely to compete his way back to the No. 1 spot in the 2011 NFL Draft that was presumed to be his at one point. But if Senior Bowl practices are any indication, he might at least make a move in that direction. As long as scouts get to see more Tuesday Locker than they do Monday Locker, at least.
In day one of practices, Locker overthrew several receivers, had one pass tipped, and had another picked off. Tuesday’s round had him looking more like the quarterback that beat Nebraska than the one that lost to Nebraska, nevermind the fact that he didn’t complete very many passes in the Holiday Bowl. Just roll with it.
Locker has the most pro-ready mechanics of the six quarterbacks in the Senior Bowl, from footwork to release, and his athleticism is going to make at least one GM think about taking his card earlier than expected. As long as he can operate with composure, there’s no reason he shouldn’t make up lost draft stock this week.
Oklahoma scatback DeMarco Murray had caught my eye before, but I had been reluctant to place a full comparison to Kansas City's Jamaal Charles. on him because I hadn't seen enough inline power and explosion outside after contact. But today, I saw all of that. On one of his trademark quick bounces outside left, Murray took three tacklers with him a good five yards downfield after first contact. He's also showing more and more as a receiver - not just in the flats and quick-up routes you'd expect, but in quick slash cross patterns.
But he has the best burst and was the most explosive of the North running backs. He hit a crease faster than the other backs. During one-on-one passing drills, he looks like a wide receiver. He runs crisp routes, knows how to separate, has strong hands and makes it look effortless.
The 2011 NFL draft process is underway with the Senior Bowl taking place this week. Located in Mobile, AL, the 2011 Senior Bowl is a chance for representatives from all 32 NFL teams to meet and talk with the various NFL prospects participating in the game.
Some of the players expected to be top picks don't participate because they don't want to hurt their draft stock or they don't participate because they're not seniors.
LSU CB Patrick Peterson is not in the Senior Bowl but did make the trip to Mobile to conduct a workout for teams. He's expected to hear his name called early in the 2011 NFL draft and various teams are meeting with him at the Senior Bowl this week.
According to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post, Peterson has meetings set up with the Panthers (1st pick), Broncos (2nd), 49ers (7th), Redskins (10th), Texans (11th), Dolphins (15th) and Saints (24th). The Saints eyeing a move up in the draft? If they want Peterson, that would probably have to be the case. A shutdown corner, which Peterson says he is, is a player any team wants so there will be plenty of interest in him leading up to the draft.
By the way, his father tells Wilson that Peterson plans to run the 40 yard dash in the 4.2 second range next month at the NFL Combine.
There was no Terrance Cody at the 2011 Senior Bowl weigh-ins though West Virginia's Noel Devine made some headlines for the opposite reason. Cody weighed in at 370 pounds last year sparking plenty of comments about how he would handle his weight in the pros. (Of course we can't mention Cody and the Senior Bowl without dropping a link to the picture of Cody's weigh-in at the Senior Bowl last year.)
Devine's getting similar weight questions but because of how small -- not ridiculously large -- he is. Wes Bunting of National Football Post gives us the skinny (zing!) on Devine's weight:
West Virginia RB Noel Devine was one of the only guys to weigh-in with shorts on, likely due to not wanting to display his thinner lower half. He weighed in at only 160-pounds and despite his muscular looking upper body, his lower half looked really frail.
So Devine is 5'7" and 160 pounds. For a reference, Patriots RB Danny Woodhead is 5'8" and 195 pounds.
Though the Senior Bowl weigh-ins are boring, they can occasionally work against someone. Weight questions may have been part of the reason Cody dropped to the second round last year. We'll see how it affects Devine in the 2011 NFL draft process.
How do I know the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl is the important one? There are so many postseason all-star games for seniors!
It has Under Armour right there in the name!
Is there a website available with more information on this game that looks like it was pieced together from five different other websites?
Who's playing in the Senior Bowl?
A short list: Sam Acho, Andy Dalton, Noel Devine, Zac Etheridge, Kai Forbath, Roy Helu Jr., Mark Herzlich, Colin Kaepernick, Jake Locker, Owen Marecic, Casey Matthews, Greg McElroy, DeMarco Murray, Austin Pettis, Mike Pouncey, Kelvin Sheppard, Ricky Stanzi, Luke Stocker, and Quan Sturdivant. Here's the full roster for your perusal.
Does the 2011 Senior Bowl have an unnecessarily overwrought mission statement?
Yes, and it's amazing:
The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
Is "most unique" even correct English?
We're not fans, but this isn't the Under Armour Grammar Bowl, so just go with it.
When is the 2011 Senior Bowl?
Saturday, January 29, at 4:00 p.m. EST.
That Geocities-era countdown clock on the official game website is counting down to 3:00 p.m. EST.
Running a website is hard work.
Is there a full slate of goofy sponsored events leading up to the game?
But of course! We're pretty sure the Coca-Cola Meet The Players party allows you to throw full cups of soda at participants.
Where can I watch the 2011 Senior Bowl?
Are you in Mobile, Alabama?
Why would I be in Mobile, Alabama?
They have excellent fried pickles!
I am not in Mobile, Alabama.
You can view the 2011 Senior Bowl on cable television, providing you have the NFL Network.
Nobody gets the NFL Network.
We know. We think this element was introduced to add an air of mystery to the game.
The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl kicks off at 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 29 (we think). The game will be televised on the NFL Network.
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