Tuesday UA Senior Bowl Notes: South Team

Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber points out some of the players who stood out during Tuesday afternoon's South team practice. And guess which top receiver suffered an injury during the afternoon session? Find out inside...

  • Tulane RB Matt Forte had a strong showing during the South team's practice on Tuesday afternoon. Forte showed great strength and toughness running between the tackles. He’s not the fastest back, but he runs with authority. He was also used in the passing game, as Hawaii’s Colt Brennan found Forte out of the backfield on a few occasions. Forte generated a lot of buzz after practice and into the evening at the players' hotel.

  • Tennessee QB Erik Ainge didn’t have one of his best performances on Tuesday. He seemed a bit tentative and was forcing throws. He was locking-in on his primary receiver and didn’t go through his reads well. He struggled throwing the deep ball and forced a throw intended for Houston’s Donnie Avery that was intercepted by Tennessee State CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Despite his tough performance, Ainge received attention from the Baltimore Ravens after practice.

Houston's Donnie Avery pulls in a pass.
AP Photo/Bob Levey

  • Speaking of Donnie Avery, he had an up-and-down performance on Tuesday. Avery is a shifty, quick receiver who runs good routes and gets vertical in a hurry. On one play, Colt Brennan threw a high pass on a comeback route and Avery made a tremendous leaping grab. Avery’s reception scored points with the crowd who applauded his effort, but on the ensuing play he fumbled a reverse that had the defense going in the opposite direction.

  • LSU WR Early Doucet emerged from practice with a hamstring injury. He had an ice bag wrapped around his left leg and appeared to walk with a limp. The early report on Doucet is that he tweaked his hamstring and he should be ready to participate in practice on Wednesday.

  • LSU CB Chevis Jackson played strong in coverage for the South team. He displayed fluid hips, transitioned well in defense and showed great awareness. Jackson doesn’t have elite speed, but he has the ability to dissect a play. The highlight of the day for Jackson came in defense of an Erik Ainge pass that was intended for Ainge’s teammate, TE Brad Cottam. Cottam got a nice release off the line, sneaking past a linebacker, and Jackson made a great diving stop.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

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