Mobile Minutes: North QBs, Day 2

Kirk Cousins of Michigan State, Russell Wilson of Wisconsin and Kellen Moore of Boise State all did their thing Tuesday at Senior Bowl workouts. Who improved from Monday? Who took a step back?

Kirk Cousins

A 6-2, 209-pounder, Cousins completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 3,316 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2011, as Michigan State went 11-3 but lost to Georgia 33-30 in the Outback Bowl.

Cousins stole the show Monday at practice for the North team, as he reportedly threw the ball very well from start to finish and may have separated himself from his fellow signal callers, but Tuesday was a bit of a step back and he struggled to properly put his skills on display. Listening to the former Spartan after Tuesday's workout, he said he was having a hard time with the most basic aspects of quarterbacking, including the snap -- some of the snappers in Mobile have never played center before, so the ball was on the ground a handful of times. His footwork is also a bit choppy here and there, which leads to periodic inaccurate passes.

While his first throw in 11-on-11 drills was intercepted by Boise State's George Iloka on a crossing route to Massachusetts tight end Emil Igwenagu, later he delivered a perfect strike to Iowa's Marvin McNutt on a fly down the left sideline. Unfortunately, McNutt didn't help Cousins' cause and failed to make the catch.

Russell Wilson

A 5-11, 203-pounder, Wilson completed 72.8 percent of his passes for 3,175 yards with 33 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 2011, as Wisconsin went 11-3 and won the Big 10 but went down in the Rose Bowl to Oregon 45-38.

Listening to Wilson talk to both scouts and reporters following Tuesday's session, he is obviously an incredibly intelligent young man and in complete control of his faculties in high-pressure situations -- he sounds like a star quarterback should sound when the cameras are rolling. All that aside, the one-time Heisman Trophy candidate is in Mobile this week to demonstrate his on-the-field skills, and he has a long way to go on that front since he's rather short, somewhat light and isn't going to impress anybody with his arm strength. From a footwork perspective, he's surely the best QB of the six in attendance and has no trouble buying extra time to throw, but the coaching staff from the Minnesota Vikings kept harping on him to get rid of the ball quicker.

Wilson was 6 of 6 in 7-on-7 work, highlighted by a bullet of a deep-in throw to Ohio State's DeVier Posey. But when he had a chance to make a big play down the seam to Missouri's Michael Egnew in 11-on-11 action, his pass sailed on him and missed the tight end badly.

Kellen Moore

A 6-foot, 191-pounder, Moore completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 3,800 yards with 43 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 2011, as Boise State went 12-1 and beat Arizona State 56-24 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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Nobody can doubt Moore's credentials, as he is the winningest quarterback in college football history and put up some serious numbers four years in a row, but every scout will question the level of competition he competed against and also the passer-friendly system in which he put up his monstrous stats. Looking a little like Justin Bieber's older brother, he really had trouble throwing into what was quite a stiff Mobile wind Tuesday and continually missed behind his intended target -- even on some of the passes he completed. But give Moore credit, as he does his best to make up for a lack of arm strength by speeding up the delivery and making up his mind rather quickly.

Moore's longest completion in 7-on-7 action came on a deep square-in to Appalachian State's Brian Quick, although it required a leaping catch from the receiver since it was a shade high. He failed to connect on two 11-on-11 attempts, throwing a post behind Quick and then bouncing a toss in the flat to Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead.

John Crist is the editor-in-chief of, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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