The Good and The Bad
By Adam Caparell - January 26, 2008
MOBILE, Ala. - When it comes to the Senior Bowl, the practices are always more important than the game. But considering the game is the last chance for the nation's best seniors to leave a lasting impression on NFL scouts, some players distinguished themselves more than others Saturday night.
Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee: He was under center for the South's game-winning drive, leading them down the field, 86 yards in 14 plays. He only connected on 6-of-13 passes on the drive, but considering he was running the two-minute drill in a game that was played under NFL rules, he did pretty well. Proved to be the only effective quarterback for the South.
Mike Dragosavich, P, North Dakota State: The I-AAer boomed a Senior Bowl record 69-yard punt and averaged 58 yards on his three kicks - in bad weather no less. Should have likely wrapped up a second day draft selection after this week.
Lavell Hawkins, WR, Cal: North coach Lane Kiffin had nothing but good things to say about Hawkins during the week and he didn't disappoint Saturday. Hawkins caught a touchdown and two other balls as the North quarterbacks threw his way multiple times. Also had a 33 yard kickoff return.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State: The man from I-AA had four solo tackles, a pass breakup and an interception facing the best competition he's ever seen.
Chauncey Washington, RB, USC: Played more in the second half and averaged 7.6 yards per carry in racking up some yards late in the game. Finished with 38 yards on 5 carries.
Matt Forte, RB, Tulane: Forte won game MVP honors and was the leading rusher on the day, finishing with 59 yards on eight carries. Also showed his versatility by catching four passes.
Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii: Brennan really wanted to get a good week under his belt, but that simply wasn't the case. He wasn't particularly impressive during the four days of practice and only finished 2-of-6 for 29 yards Saturday. He under-threw a number of receivers and was picked off when he forced the ball into a spot he shouldn't have.
Andre' Woodson, QB, Kentucky: Woodson struggled all week learning Mike Martz's offense and he didn't did not showcase his talents Saturday. He finished 3-of-6 for 27 yards because he pretty much wasn't allowed to throw it. Mostly handed it off when he was under center.
South Offensive Line: They gave up four sacks to the North's none and allowed pressure to regularly get to both Woodson and Brennan. Woodson fumbled once and there was another forced fumble on the South's game-winning drive that should have been ruled a fumble - the South recovered it regardless - but was incorrectly called an incomplete pass.
Posted by Adam Caparell at 10:15 PM on January 26, 2008