South downs punchless North

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on January 29, 2011 – 7:10 pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Washington quarterback Jake Locker rebounded from a dismal first half and led the North to a touchdown (Maryland running back Da’ Rel Scott’s one-yard run) that cut the South’s lead to 17-10 with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

But that was it as the South ended up winning the Under Armour Senior Bowl, 24-10, on a disappointing night the North’s vaunted passing attack and offensive line didn’t show. The final score came with about three minutes left when Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, the South’s last healthy QB and te game’s MVP, threw a 24-yard bullet down the seam to TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley beating Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged.         

But it was Scott who was the hero of the North’s only drive. Under pressure, Locker unloaded a dump pass to the 5-10, 205-pounder over the middle and he rolled for 34 yards. Locker then tried to get the ball into the end zone to Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis from the 22 and he got his hands on it before USC cornerback Shareece Wright was called for pass interference to set up the TD

Locker flashed his athleticism when he bolted out of the pocket for what looked to be a big gain, but the ball squirted out of his hands when he tried to make a move on Mississippi State defensive lineman Pernell McPhee and he needed a fumble recovery by tackle Jason Pinkston to keep the one TD drive  alive .

Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher made more noise than the big boys from Boise State and San Diego’s Vincent Brown with hi productive third quarter of four catches for 53 yards. The North’s Outstanding Player had to go defense and it was North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney.

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Kerrigan, Miller flashing

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on January 29, 2011 – 6:27 pm

MOBILE, Ala. – A gut call after the first half of Saturday’s Senior Bowl: The two best defensive players on the field were Purdue end Ryan Kerrigan for the North and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller for the South.

Miller had two tackles, one for a loss, and Kerrigan proved to be unblockable for Arkansas right tackle DeMarcus Love on back-to-back snaps. He spun through Love as well as the back chipping to help on a sack of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.  On the next play Kerrigan ran past Love on the outside and got blatantly gabbed for a holding call.

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South sacks North

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on January 29, 2011 – 6:03 pm

Mobile, Ala. –  The North’s corps of left tackles was supposed to be its strong suit in Saturday’s Senior Bowl. But moments after Colorado’s Nate Solder gave up a sack to Texas defensive end Sam Acho, Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo let Arizona defensive end Books Reed speed rush by him for a sack of Iowa quarterback Ricky Stansi.

An injury in practice forced another left tackle out of the game when Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi couldn’t go. Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander stuck with putting a center with his own quarterback to prevent botched snaps. Carimi’s teammate, John Moffett, a guard who hasn’t played center in three years, was paired with Locker while Stansi got Toledo’s Kevin Kowalski.

Kowalski suffered a false start following a holding call, giving Stansi a first-and-25, which turned into a second-and-25 and the North’s only big play of a half the South built a 17-0 lead . Stansi scrambled and on the run hit Lance Kendricks and the Wisconsin tight end picked up the first down when he made a South defender miss a the sticks for a 27-yard gain.

It was a brutal first half for the North quarterbacks, a trio that supposed to carry the day. Stansi was just three of six for 31 yards and when Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick came in late in the first half, he ended up just taking one snap because he threw an interception. The 6-4 Kaepernick is a top-shelf athlete trying to show the scouts he can also be accurate.

It didn’t happen on that pass. He ran up in the pocket, stopped and threw a high ball that Nebraska tight end Mike McNeil could have had but tipped in the air to Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright.

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Locker struggles early

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on January 29, 2011 – 5:18 pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Washington quarterback Jake Locker was supposed to answer all the big questions here in Saturday’s Senior Bowl and all he did was generate more questions in the North’s first two horrid series  of the game that were there and please get out here at Ladd Peebles Stadium as the South rose again with a 17-0 lead with 4:05 left in the first half.  

On the first series on second-and long, Locker missed Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks over the middle and on the second series on third-and-long he threw over the middle to Boise State wide receiver Titus Young on a ball Young could have had but couldn’t haul down. Locker gave way to Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi after completing one of three passes for two yards.

The third-and-long got set up by an eye-opening play on second down when Texas defensive end Sam Acho sacked Locker and forced a fumble. Acho beat Colorado left tackle Nate Solder with an inside move the 6-9 Solder isn’t supposed to give up as a potential top ten pick.

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