Practice week at the Senior Bowl

Trojan seniors Carson Palmer, Justin Fargas and Malaefou MacKenzie all took part in the annual Senior Bowl all-star game this week in Mobile, AL. How did the USC players fare during the week of practice in front of NFL scouts? Click below for details.

Carson Palmer (6-4.3, 220)

Carson solidified his standing as the top quarterback in the country and enhanced his chances of being the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.  He held a one on one interview with the Chicago Bears on Monday, the first of many sitdowns with NFL coaches and personnel men during the week, and then went out and looked crisp with solid passes to show his arm strength on the opening day.  He struggled a bit with accuracy in the offense coached by Detroit Lions head man Marty Mornhinweg but on Tuesday he looked great while throwing on the move.  The Wednesday practice saw more of a short, quick passing game and Carson didn't miss a beat as he continued to put separation between himself and the other quarterbacks.  Jim Zorn commented that CP was the only QB prospect who is NFL ready. 

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Justin Fargas (6-0.1, 207)

Improved his draft stock considerably after showing a variety of skills in addition to his usual hard running.  At the opening weigh-in Fargas was described as "looks cut and nasty" and he got off to a good start at the Monday practice when coaches praised his great vision and ability to find running lanes.  The first day of pads was Wednesday and Fargas came out with a solid day running the ball and he also showcased his hands along with a spin move in the open field to elude the defender and waltz into the end zone.  Received attention from the Ravens and Panthers among others.

ESPN.com 10 questions with Justin Fargas

Malaefou MacKenzie (5-9.7, 223)

Mal struggled early in the week with dropped passes but eventually rallied to show he can catch the ball and came away with positive reviews as a fullback prospect ("definitely has a lead fullbacks body and mentality").  Received attention from the Panthers.


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