Kenny Irons Enjoys Senior Bowl Experience

Auburn tailback Kenny Irons showed his skills to the NFL talent scouts who gathered in Mobile.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn tailback Kenny Irons says his Senior Bowl week auditioning for National Football League teams was time well spent.

Irons, who was one of the most impressive football players at the 2007 Senior Bowl, came in to the week projected as one of the top running back prospects for the 2007 draft and left that way.

"Coming here can only improve your stock," he says. "Each coach gets a chance to see you one on one, see you on the field, and see what you can and cannot do.

"They get to see if you have the ability to make people miss. Coming here just helps answer all those questions."

A two-year starter for Auburn after transferring from South Carolina to play for the Tigers with his brother David, a cornerback who also played in the Senior Bowl, like his brother the tailback is pleased with how he performed in Mobile.

"Coming here is a great thing," he says. "I think I showed how quick I am, how quick I hit the hole, how strong I am and my ability to break tackles."

Improving his skills as a receiver is a priority for the tailback as he trains for the NFL Combine. He caught one pass in the Senior Bowl for six yards in a game played in the rain at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

"I really didn't catch too many balls at Auburn," Irons says. "We threw more to the fullback out of the backfield. I dropped a couple of balls in practice, but I bounced back.

"In the game, he threw a swing out to me. I caught it, made some people miss, and gained a few positive yards on the swing route. Plus, the weather conditions were not too good. All in all, I'll keep working on my catching. I'll be in the Orange Bowl this coming Tuesday for the ESPN Challenge."

After the ESPN Challenge, Irons will prepare for the NFL Combine in February. "I will now go back to Atlanta to work out and continue training," he says. "I plan on eating a lot of food so I can get my weight up."

Irons was the leading rusher for the South squad in the Senior Bowl, but netted only 15 yards on six carries as the North All-Stars won 27-0. The South team finished the game with minus 35 rushing yards and 93 yards of total offense. Auburn's Courtney Taylor was the leading receiver for the South squad with his one catch for 30 yards.

Complimenting the City of Mobile and the Senior Bowl, Irons says he is very impressed with the entire operation. "I think Mobile did a great job of hosting a large event like this," he says. "There were so many people coming in from so many different states, each coming in to represent the North or South squad.

"They did a great job in organizing everything. Fan Day/Meet the Players Day was very organized, especially having the cards printed to hand out to the fans. My time here was incredible. I had a great time here in Mobile. I got a chance to meet a lot of great players."

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