Senior Bowl 2013: Live Score, Analysis and Results from Mobile
The Senior Bowl has concluded in Mobile, Ala. The game was televised by the NFL network.
This game started off with a dominating performance by the South, but after halftime the North had a resurgence. An attempt was made to push for the win, but the South was able to finish with the win.
There were some surprises in the game, but most of the top performers were expected. It was a solid day in Ladd-Peebles Stadium that saw a number of players increase their stock heading into the 2013 draft.
This was your guide to the 64th annual Senior Bowl.
End of Regulation South 21, North 16
End of Game Observations:
**E.J. Manuel is a lot better than people expected. He had a strong week in Mobile, but he finished the game leading every scoring drive for the South. He looked comfortable under pressure, and was extremely accurate from the pocket.
**Tyler Wilson also looked strong at quarterback for the South. He will be an early first day pick.
**The South offensive line was mauled by the North defensive line. Kawann Short stood out as one of the best defensive tackles in the game. He looked like a sure first rounder.
**Robert Alford is the real deal at defensive back and as a returner. He opened the game with a 95 yard kick return, and finished the contest with an interception. The NFL is always looking for solid corners, and this guy fits the mold. He jumped up a number of boards with his performance.
**The North quarterbacks looked terrible for most of the game. Mike Glennon eventually got his game together, but he was unable to push the squad to the edge and grab the lead. Ryan Nassib looked very spotty, and Zac Dysert was an obvious secondary choice. All three need work before April.
**Connor Vernon out of Duke solidified his skills. He will be a drafted player, and could possibly land in the first day.
**Mike Gillislee and Stepfan Taylor showed why they are such highly regarded backs. Both did work on the North defense and will be highly regarded heading into the draft thanks to Saturday's performance.
**The North was hurting for offense, but Johnathan Franklin and Robbie Rouse looked like studs from the backfield. If not for those two backs, the North would not have been able to keep this game within reach. Both will be among the first backs taken in April.
**Kenjon Barner quietly hauled in seven receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. He solidified his purpose as a utility back in the pros. He will be picked up early in the process thanks to this performance.
***Touchdown North squad
South 21, North 16
Kenjon Barner has been a quiet warrior in this game, and finished off his Senior Bowl day with a touchdown reception. He had seven catches for 60 yards.
A recap will come at the end of regulation. Stick around for winners and losers in the game.
Denard Robinson just made another great snag. He is looking great as a receiver right now. He is one of the better prospects in the country right now at the position despite just making the move.
He will be a later round pickup, but he is going to be one of the steals of the 2013 draft.
***Touchdown South squad
South 21, North 10
Mike James took the ball the last five yards of the South's lengthy drive to give the South an 11-point lead and draw the fourth quarter down to less than three minutes.
The South used a solid mix of running backs to get that production, but E.J. Manuel also looked impressive. He has led all three of the South's scoring drives.
Manuel may not have entered as the most respected player in the game, but he may leave that way. He has been very impressive in this contest.
E.J. Manuel is putting together a nice drive for the South right now. He is showing his ability to create plays with his feet by maneuvering in the pocket.
With only five minutes remaining, a touchdown here by the Manuel led South team will seal up the win.
B.W. Webb is a small school stud.
He will be picked up in the draft and will bring a great dynamic to a team this fall.
Webb is an electric returner, and has also performed well in coverage.
Local Mobilian B.J. Scott is getting some playing time for the South squad at cornerback. Originally an Alabama signee that left the Tide program after playing two years at receiver and cornerback.
He landed in his hometown at South Alabama and is finishing his college career in the Senior Bowl in front of family.
This is one of the cooler story lines of the game this year.
Robby Rouse doing work again for the North. The North has two very good running back prospects in Franklin and Rouse. They need to keep feeding the rock to the backs if they want this win.
Of all the South quarterbacks, Landry Jones has looked the most unsettled. He is dancing around in the pocket and is struggling to consistently hit downfield throws.
He has still had a better day than the North squad.
Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern has played a great game so far. He was just in on a tackle with Kawann Short, likely the best defender for the North today.
Williams has done really well for a small school guy. That is always a positive for the players trying to make waves in front of the scouts for the first time.
Stepfan Taylor is a bruiser. He is another every down-type back that can make some major waves in the league.
He is a balanced back that has a solid one-cut ability, and takes the football up-field with reckless abandon.
He won't outrun many defenders, but he does have a bit of deceptive speed.
The South squad has been getting amazing play from BYU defensive lineman Ezekial Ansah. He has a motor that never stops.
He has been all over the field the entire game and has now forced a fumble on a sack attempt. His draft stock is hitting sky high levels after this performance.
He has been the most impressive linemen on the South squad today.
Close second: Lavar Edwards of LSU.
Denard Robinson has shown versatility in this game. He just caught what seems like a simple screen play, but he made a 10-yard gain occur off of a tough sideline catch.
Robinson has a future in the NFL if he continues to grow at the receiver position. Impressive to see his hands on that play.
***Field Goal North squad
South 14, North 10
Mike Glennon has looked exponentially better in the second half of this game. He helped his team drive down the field and make field goal range, bringing the game within four.
Duke Williams is laying some licks on the ball carrier in this game. That kid is a head hunter and will be fun to watch play a nickel type position at the next level. He is bringing the wood.
***Touchdown North squad
South 14, North 7
Johnathan Franklin got the North moving down the field and finished off the series with a strong touchdown run. The North may have found some offense in the UCLA running back.
Franklin was a major driver for the Bruins offense this fall, and after that series is proving that he can be an every down type runner in the NFL. He reminds me a lot of Ray Rice. Pure downhill bruising runner.
First half observations:
The North quarterbacks have been terrible. They look lost in the pocket and are missing nearly every throw that is beyond 10 yards.
Mike Glennon was expected to have a big game, but so far he has struggled mightily.
The one positive for the North has been the defensive line play. Datone Jones, Jordan Hill and Kawann Short are all having big games for the North team.
The South quarterbacks looked very good, with Tyler Wilson looking like the best player at the position in the game. He will be one to watch as the draft looms.
Stepfan Taylor just took that hit like a man. Wow. That was a bell-ringer. Best hit of the day goes to Nevada corner Duke Williams.
Zac Dysert is just as bad as the rest. The North may want to ask if they can swap players in the second half to make this thing even.
You really have to like what the North is able to do at the defensive line position. Datone Jones from UCLA is having a great game bringing pressure, and has consistently hurt the release of the South quarterbacks.
Sly Williams is also doing work at the defensive tackle position. North Carolina has become a breeding ground for interior defensive linemen.
Landry Jones is now in the game for the South.
This competition appears to be a bit lopsided. The South is stacked at quarterback.
Jones is going to have to show that he can handle a pro-style system and stay comfortable in the pocket as he receivers progress their routes. More to come.
Another fourth down situation is hitting the North squad again. This is a really bad performance by every quarterback they have thrown out there. Hopefully Zac Dysert will surprise.
A long field goal attempt from Dustin Hopkins results in a block. North football near midfield.
That was a brave kick to attempt. A block was much better than a pure miss for Hopkins.
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