Senior Bowl 2011: Christian Ponder and Leonard Hankerson Impress on Field
All-Star games usually do not show much in terms of offensive firepower. The games are usually controlled by the defense, and that was the case at the Senior Bowl during practice and during the game this past weekend.
The South won 24-10 with very few offensive bright spots. There were, however, two standouts for the South side.
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder was the main quarterback for the South, completing 7-of-13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had five catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.
For the North, Washington quarterback Jake Locker—a possible first-round draft pick—led the team at quarterback. He was 6-of-10 for 98 yards and led the North to their only touchdown of the day.
Big names in the running game like Roy Helu Jr. from Nebraska and Noel Devine from West Virginia did not impress on the ground.
Players that impressed in practice but did not put up big numbers in the game:
Titus Young, Boise State wide receiver
Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State running back
Vincent Brown, San Diego State wide receiver
These guys are not first day picks, but could be playing their way into the middle rounds.
The defense had numerous standouts and could upgrade some defenses next year. Pay attention to who drafts Von Miller, Texas A&M linebacker; Cameron Jordan, Cal defensive lineman; Sam Acho, Texas defensive lineman; and Kendrick Burney, North Carolina defensive back. Burney and Acho were named most outstanding players for their teams. These guys will make a big impact at the next level for defenses.
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