Lions Highlight Senior Bowl

It was a bittersweet day for three senior Nittany Lions as the showcased their talents on the college football field one last time in the 2006 Senior Bowl. Representing the North team, it was the last time Tamba Hali, Anwar Phillips and Michael Robinson will don their classic PSU helmets together on the same field.

Tamba Hali: Facing a double team for the better part of the day, Hali managed to pick up two sacks on the day against the South squad and was instrumental in the consistent pocket pressure the North defense was able to apply. His performance earned him Defensive Most Valuable Player for the North squad.

Hali was interviewed during the game and asked about where he preferred to play in the pros, defensive end or linebacker (a position some have speculated teams may be interested in seeing him play). Hali said he sees himself as a defensive end "putting his hand down" and pressuring quarterbacks in the pros.

Michael Robinson: Although the senior quarterback saw reps at wide receiver in practice and was under some media scrutiny all week debating whether or not he has the ability to be a quarterback at the next level, he saw his reps in the Senior Bowl exclusively at the quarterback position.

Robinson, who was elected captain of the North squad, had a solid day on the ground, picking up 63 rushing yards on nine carries (7 yards per carry) and leading two touchdown drives.

Tennessee Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher (head coach of the North squad) was asked at halftime about the position Robinson should play in the NFL, to which he said he feels he deserves a shot at quarterback and called him one of the best athletes on the field this week.

Anwar Phillips: Although he was not officially credited with it, Phillips covered up a muffed punt for a touchdown, which put the North on top 14 to 7 in the second quarter.

Phillips also pulled in a difficult interception and returned it for an impressive return.

The North ended up beating the South 31 to 14. Senior PSU cornerback Alan Zemaitis was scheduled to play in the game, but decided to focus on his NFL combine conditioning and chose not to participate in the All-Star game.


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