Thursday Senior Bowl Live Practice Blog

Join the team as we track every major development at Thursday's Senior Bowl practice starting at 10:30AM EST!

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Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/28/2010 04:26 PM ET

Thanks for Reading!

Thanks to everyone for reading our live practice blogs from Mobile! The Thursday afternoon session is over, and we're taking our leave of the practice field. The teams will have a brief walk-through tomorrow, but no real practice. We've got lots more to write about from our week in Mobile, so stay tuned to your favorite team's site or our Senior Bowl Story Tracker for more...

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 04:25 PM ET

Heads-up: Watch McCluster

When the team was practicing kickoff returns and coverage, Dexter McCluster from Ole Miss showed off his great acceleration. He's going to be fun to watch this weekend.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 04:07 PM ET

Brown Gets It Done

Jarrett Brown executed a perfect timing pass with the ball arriving just as Riley Cooper broke left to the pylon.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 04:05 PM ET

Not Again, You Two

Jarrett Brown tried to get a pass to Miami TE Jimmy Graham in the end zone, but Florida State LB Dekoda Watson moved into perfect position to knock it away.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 03:44 PM ET


WVU quarterback Jarrett Brown hit Miami tight end Jimmy Graham with a well-thrown ball to the left for roughly 15 yards.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 03:42 PM ET

A USC RB Makes a Showing

USC running back Stafon Johnson strung together a pair of nice runs. He showed excellent vision while working his way through a small gap to his right. He followed that up with a very patient run during a right sweep, expertly pacing his cuts in tandem with the blocks being thrown in front of him.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 03:39 PM ET

Arenas Makes Big Play

West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown threw a long pass up the right side intended for Florida WR Riley Cooper, but Alabama CB Javier Arenas wasn't about to allow any such thing. He spotted the ball in stride and was so tight on Cooper that you would have sworn that his back was velcroed to Cooper's chest.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 03:32 PM ET

Nice end around...

Wide receiver Andre Roberts from The Citadel and Florida QB Tim Tebow executed an end around run very smoothly. Watch for the South Team to use that play this weekend as they have a few receivers who could run that play successfully.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 03:28 PM ET

Tebow Moves the Offense

Tim Tebow moved the offense well during a 2-minute drill, completing 3 of 4 attempts to three different receivers, including a really nice toss to fellow Gator Riley Cooper up the left sideline for roughly 25 yards.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 03:18 PM ET

Something Worth Seeing

Why do so many scouts leave early? We're currently watching a half-speed two-minute drill... Not much has been said about Troy State defensive linemen Cameron Sheffield and Brandon Lang, but both could be standouts at DE or OLB.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 03:12 PM ET

Hodge is Missing

Ole Miss WR Shay Hodge is here, but is only observing the practice. We're trying to find out what is keeping him from participating.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 03:10 PM ET

From the Mind of Bill Huber

Rather than hot dogging it, Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox should try doing things like the coaches want... Listening to the kids talk about Tim Tebow, I wonder how many kids' first words are "Tim Tebow"... Ted Thompson is still here for the Packers, but there's a sparse group of NFL folks on hand. Still a big group here from the Raiders, but not much more...

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 02:57 PM ET

Peek Peeks In

Alabama TE Colin Peek, who missed yesterday's practice due to a stomach bug, is at practice today. However, he's observing, not practicing. That's still a good sign that he should be ready for Saturday's game.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 02:50 PM ET

We're rolling

We're underway with the afternoon practice. USC TE Anthony McCoy was agetting some individual attention from a Dolphins coach.

Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/28/2010 12:13 PM ET

That's a Wrap!

That's it for Thursday practice. If anything major happens in the South practice, we'll bring it to you. Based on what we've seen so far, there likely won't be many updates given the way that squad practices and their plan to practice without pads. Keep an eye on this page between 2:45-4:15PM EST in case there's any developing news!

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 11:50 AM ET

Carrington, Odrick Stand Out

Defensive linemen Jared Odrick and Alex Carrington continue to stand out in practice. Both were all over a bootleg.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 11:49 AM ET

Jackson Shows Enthusiasm

Virginia FB Rashawn Jackson is all wound up today. He just caught a touchdown pass, held the ball above his head and let out a loud "Wooooo!" It's been obvious all week that he's excited to be here in Mobile.

Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/28/2010 11:49 AM ET

Price is Right

Sean Canfield had a nice touchdown toss to Taylor Price on a short out route.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 11:48 AM ET

Decasse Bounces Back

It's hard to say what it means with no pads on, but OL Vladimir Ducasse is having his best day both on run and pass protection.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 11:47 AM ET

Courting a Later Round

Rutgers CB Devin McCourty gave up a short catch, and then compounded it by not tackling WR Mardy Gilyard.

Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/28/2010 11:35 AM ET

Kickoff Practice

PK Brett Swenson really does not follow through on his kicks. It's sort of like a knockdown wedge from 60 yards... Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard, Boise State's Kyle Wilson, Wayne State's Joique Bell and Rutgers' Devin McCourty all handled kickoff returns during special teams drills... Players rotated onto the kickoff coverage teams, but Detroit's coaching staff jokingly jabbed at the offensive linemen and defensive linemen who joined the effort, asking the other position players to relieve them frequently to "keep athletes out here on coverage."

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 11:19 AM ET

Passing Drill Notes

Boise State CB Kyle Wilson makes back-to-back playes in coverage. He is rising fast. A lot of TV draftniks like Ohio U. wide receiver Taylor Price, but he has dropped too many passes... including drops in the end zone.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 11:26 AM ET

Pike Peaks

Cincinnati QB Tony Pike drilled a 10-yard pass to tight end Garrett Graham, who then carried it another 5 yards for a score. Two plays later, Pike dropped a well-thrown ball into the right corner of the end zone to fellow Bearcat Mardy Gilyard.

Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/28/2010 11:25 AM ET

Special Teams Coach

With a player arriving late to the huddle for kick return, the special teams coach bellors out, "Why ... can't ... we ... read!"

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 11:15 AM ET

Seven on Sevens Start Up

The seven-on-sevens kick off with an end zone pick by CB Chris Cook. That was a terrible decision by QB Sean Canfield, who lobbed the ball into coverage.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 11:15 AM ET

Tight End Drills

Tight ends are working on their run blocking, and Oregon' Ed Dickson got a good-natured coaching jab for not keeping his feet strongly beneath him for leverage before striking his opponent. The Detroit Lions' tight ends coach cursed Oregon's spread offense, blaming it for Dickson's overly-active feet. The remark brought laughs from the group and a big smile to both Dickson and the coach's faces.

Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/28/2010 11:13 AM ET

Red Zone Drill

The best play during a red zone session between WRs and CBs was when Tony Pike threw a bullet to Taylor Price, who made a toe-dragging catch in the end zone despite tight coverage. Boise State CB Kyle Wilson is the best of the corners in the red zone drill. He's quick to the inside stuff and always look for the ball on fade routes.

Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/28/2010 11:08 AM ET

Elder Statesman

Cincinnati QB Tony Pike's grandfather, Bill Pike, has been attending practices this week.

Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/28/2010 11:06 AM ET

Offensive Line Drills

Offensive linemen are working on foot work this morning. While moving forward over the bags, Idaho's Mike Iupati, Massachusetts' Vladimir Ducasse, Arizona State's Shawn Lauvao and Notre Dame's Sam Young showed good leg quickness and control. But when they switched to lateral movement, Ducasse wasn't as fluid. He also drew some coaching on hands position while shuffling around the bags for not keeping them closer to his body. One player who stood out for the wrong reasons throughout the drills was Virginia Tech's Ed Wang, who's legs and feet moved with less coordination and in a visibly lower gear.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 11:02 AM ET

Recievers Update

Mardy Gilyard of Cincinnati just dropped a pass. That has been a big knock on him over the last couple of days... He's not getting a lot of hype here, but the coaches like Wisconsin TE Garrett Grahama catches the ball.

Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/28/2010 10:55 AM ET

NFL Execs Remain

Not all of the NFL personnel folks have left. Packers GM Ted Thompson is here, as are a number of personnel people from Tampa Bay. There are also some scouts from the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. Most have left because there's just not much to see with players in helmets only.

Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/28/2010 10:47 AM ET

Fewer Watching in Mobile

Fan attendance is way down for Thursday's practice, which has the players in helmets only.

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