Senior Bowl Recap: QBs Struggle while Defenses Shine

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Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Senior Bowl South Squad defensive lineman Everett Dawkins of Florida State (93) lines up for drills against offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey of Chadron State (65) offensive lineman Oday Aboushi of Virginia (72) and offensive lineman Brian Schwenke of Cal (57) and offensive lineman Larry Warford of Kentucky (67) during the Senior Bowl south squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports


Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel certainly boosted his stock today, leading the South squad to touchdowns on their first two drives. The first of which he ran in on a 2-yard scramble after Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford’s return of the opening kickoff went down to the North 13-yard line.

Alabama tight end Michael Willaims caught a 20-yard pass from Florida State QB E.J. Manuel for the South’s second TD.

NC State QB Mike Glennon was less-than-stellar in his first two outings, struggling to make any accurate throws, and didn’t look the part of a potential first-rounder so many have pegged him to be.

Georgia safety Shawne Williams made the first big defensive-play of the day, picking off a Ryan Nasib pass in which he undercut the Cuse QB’s intended receiver.

BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah struggled in practice all week-long, but was a monster today, as he repeatedly shot into the opposing backfield, contained the edge very well as he made several sideline tackles, and repeatedly in the face of opposing QBs.

Illinois defensive tackle Michael Buchanan blocked a 52-yard field-goal attempt by Florida State place-kicker Dustin Hopkins early in the second-quarter to keep the score nodded at 14-0 South.

Miami, Ohio QB Zac Dysert came in hoping to boost his stock as a potential draftee, but threw an INT on his first drive to Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden. Dysert looked lost the whole game, and din’t look like anyone the Bengals should consider drafting to be their backup QB.

The two sides went into the half with the South leading 14-0.

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