Senior Bowl 2014: Stats and Highlights from Collegiate All-Star Game

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Senior Bowl 2014: Stats and Highlights from Collegiate All-Star Game
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The Senior Bowl may have been missing a few notable stars like Alabama's AJ McCarron, but the annual showcase was still an excellent chance for college seniors to prove their worth to NFL scouts and general managers.

Led by touchdowns receptions from Crockett Gillmore and Kevin Norwood and two field goals from Cody Parkey, the South won this year's game, 20-10.

Following an early Tajh Boyd interception, South quarterback Derek Carr led the team down the field in a five-play, 48-yard drive. The South's defense bottled up the North's offense for the entirety of the quarter, and the South had a 10-0 lead after the first 15 minutes following a 50-yard field goal from Parkey.

The South never trailed in this one and took a 20-0 lead after David Fales hit Norwood on a 24-yard touchdown strike.

Wisconsin's James White would get the North into the end zone with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 20-10, but that was as close as North would get. 

Let's take a closer look at the stats from some of the game's notable performers, some highlights at the game and dig through some deeper analysis.

 

Stats

Notable Performances
Player Position School Stats
Derek Carr QB Fresno State 7-of-11 for 45 yards, one touchdown
Tajh Boyd QB Clemson 7-of-16 for 31 yards, one interception
Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois 6-of-12 for 32 yards
David Fales QB San Jose State 6-of-7 for 104 yards, one touchdown, one interception
James White RB Wisconsin 11 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown; five receptions for 15 yards
Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown
Kevin Norwood WR Alabama four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown
Caraun Reid DT Princeton Two sacks
Dee Ford DE Auburn Two sacks, pass deflection
Chris Davis CB Auburn Interception
Cody Parkey K Auburn 2-of-2 on field goals

ESPN

 

Highlights

Here's Boyd's first-quarter interception:

Bleacher Report

Here are Derek Carr's highlights, including his first-quarter touchdown pass:

And here is White scoring his one-yard touchdown:

Bleacher Report

 

Analysis

GM Andrews/Associated Press

As you might expect, Twitter was an excellent place to get in-depth analysis of this game and the various prospects playing. Let's run down a few of the observations on Saturday.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com thinks first-round prospect Derek Carr has some room to improve his game:

SiriusXM NFL Radio certainly took notice of Princeton's Caraun Reid, who caught quite a few eyes with his performance on Saturday:

Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report was very impressed with linebacker Kyle Van Noy:

On the other hand, Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey was not impressed at all with Miami's offensive tackle, Seantrel Henderson:

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports doesn't think Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd did himself any favors this week:

And while Dee Ford of Auburn really caught the attention of everyone with an MVP showing in the game, Kenyon doesn't think NFL teams should go crazy when evaluating the performance by dramatically moving him up their boards:

Players like Pierre Desir from Lindenwood (one interception) and defensive tackle Aaron Donald also impressed both during the game and throughout the week. 

While the biggest stars in this year's NFL draft—Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Sammy Watkins, to name a few—weren't eligible to be on display in this game, it was still an excellent chance to get a closer look at some future NFL players. 

Few players in this game probably convinced scouts that they are destined for greatness—a few players definitely popped, though few completely dominated—but we certainly know even more now about these senior prospects.

 

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