Lee, Bennett Like Senior Bowl Experience

Former Tiger football players Cole Bennett and Patrick Lee talk about the Senior Bowl.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn's two representatives in the 2008 Senior Bowl football game said they were pleased with their experiences in the all-star contest.

Cornerback Patrick Lee and tight end Cole Bennett played on the winning team as the South edged the North 17-16 on Saturday at cold and wet Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The former Tigers worked with NFL coaches all week as they showcased their skills in practice as well as the game.

"They trained me very well," says Lee, who had one tackle in the game. "We worked on technique. The coaches told me I needed to work a little on technique, and I did, so the staff told me I was very coachable.

"My training at Auburn helped me out a lot," Lee adds. "Coach (Will) Muschamp is a very good coach and he helped me out with everything."

Patrick Lee is shown during the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Lee says he liked what he heard from the NFL coaches and scouts while in Mobile. "I got some good feedback," the defensive back says. "I went out there and played hard and showed them what I could do. I made plays during practice."

Bennett wasn't on the original Senior Bowl roster, but was a late invitee and was ready when he got the call. "I had heard that I may get an invite so I was just hanging around the house watching TV when they called," he says. "There are a lot of good players here and it's an honor to be able to play in the Senior Bowl."

Cole Bennett looks for a defender to block in Saturday's game.

Although he didn't catch a pass in the game, he did get plenty of action in the game and the workouts leading up to Saturday's contest, which was played in a steady rain that kept some fans away from the venue that was sold out. "I had a good bit of reps in practice and feel I did pretty well," Bennett says. "I just worked hard and tried to learn as much as possible.

"I have talked to a few coaches here and they seem to be showing a good bit of interest," Bennett notes. "Hopefully, I will get a chance to show what I can do on the next level."

Overall, the experience was a good one the Auburn honor student says. "The people here in Mobile have been great. The hotel was really nice and they do everything they can to take care of you."

Lee agrees with his teammate about how the week went. "This is a great event," the cornerback says. "I had fans down here from Auburn supporting me. I got to eat some seafood. I had some shrimp and jambalaya. It was good."

Lee, who is from Miami, is headed back to his home state to continue his workouts. "I'm going to Orlando right now to train some more for the combine," he says. "The combine for DBs is February 24th in Indianapolis. I'll be back in Auburn on March 10th for Pro Day."


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