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Senior Bowl 2018 final score: Unheralded South Team quarterbacks shine in 45-16 blowout

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Wyoming’s Josh Allen had a good day, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the North Team.

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The South Team blew out the North Team in the Senior Bowl, 45-16, despite having an unheralded roster that didn’t feature the headliners of the day, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen.

Mayfield completed just three of his seven passes for 9 yards before he was replaced after two series. He likely would’ve had more time on the field in the second half, but the Heisman Trophy winner left early to be with his ill mother.

Ultimately, the week of practices leading up the game Saturday will have more bearing on the draft stock of the prospects who traveled to Mobile, Ala. for the game. Mayfield performed well in practices, and Allen didn’t have the most consistent week.

Allen’s up-and-down performance in Mobile continued into the game with a slow start, but he caught fire in the second half and showed the world why many NFL teams could and likely will fall in love with his potential.

In the first half, Allen made more plays with his legs than his arm and missed badly on a throw downfield.

But he came to life in the third quarter, leading the North Team to its first two touchdowns of the day. The first was a perfectly thrown 16-yard pass to Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin.

The second was a 27-yard touchdown to Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe that had a lower degree of difficulty.

Allen finished with 158 yards passing, 19 yards rushing, and two touchdowns.

Here are a few other players who stood out Saturday:


South Team quarterbacks

All eyes were on Allen and Mayfield working with the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff, with the group of South Team quarterbacks mostly ignored during their time working with the Houston Texans’ coaches. But they showed what they had Saturday.

Western Kentucky’s Mike White got things started with 128 yards passing and a touchdown in the first half. Then, Virginia’s Kurt Benkert stepped in with 90 yards and a touchdown. Finally it was Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta with 198 yards and three touchdowns to put the game on ice.

Lauletta was named the Senior Bowl MVP.

The All-Star Game is an opportunity for some of the high-profile players to prove doubters wrong and show skills they haven’t shown yet. But for White, Benkert, and Lauletta, it was a chance to prove they shouldn’t be forgotten, and they stepped up to the plate in a big way.

Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

In 2017, he racked up 2,248 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns on the ground for the Aztecs and was one of the most dangerous kick returners in the nation. But he caught just 19 passes in an offense that didn’t use him much as a receiver.

At the Senior Bowl, he got the chance to show that’s one of his other tools, and he torched the North Team defense on a 73-yard receiving touchdown.

Penny finished with 64 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving that all came on his only reception of the day.

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

The speedy deep threat tore apart the North Team defense with multiple big plays downfield, including a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

He finished with five receptions for 160 yards, more than double the receiving yards of any other player in the game. He averaged just three receptions per game at LSU, but his best football may be ahead of him.

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

UTSA has had just one player ever drafted — tight end David Morgan, who went in the sixth round to the Vikings in 2016. Davenport will definitely be the second, and he has a strong chance of being a first-round pick.

He lived up to the hype Saturday with a few pressures and a sack. His best highlight of the game was more lucky, though, with a fumble that bounced right into his hands for an easy touchdown.

Davenport landed No. 16 to the Baltimore Ravens in the latest mock draft from SB Nation’s Dan Kadar.