Tuesday's Senior Bowl Live Practice Blog
Scout Senior Bowl

Posted Jan 26, 2010


Join the Scout.com team as we track every major development at Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice. (Practice has wrapped up for today - join us tomorrow morning at 10:30AM EST!)

REFRESH THIS PAGE regularly for up to the minute Senior Bowl practice updates and news.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 04:22 PM ET

Practice Wraps Up

That's it for this afternoon's practice. Join us again tomorrow morning as players (and NFL scouts) take the field again. In the meantime, check out our story archive for tons of Senior Bowl coverage here on Scout.com!


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 04:09 PM ET

Punting Problems

It's a bad start for Punter Matt Dodge, as he starts off with a wobbler, and then gets one blocked, courtesy of South Carolina's Eric Norwood. Then he follows with one long bomb and one dud. The East Carolina punter proceeds to show off his leg, however, with two 70-yard punts mixed in. But after each of those, he followed with a shank.


Posted by:  Bill Huber, PackerReport.com
at 01/26/2010 04:07 PM ET

Arenas Struggles As Well

It's not a great day for Alabama CB Javier Arenas, either. He has been beaten twice and then got called for a late hit.


Posted by:  Bill Huber, PackerReport.com
at 01/26/2010 04:05 PM ET

More Tackle Problems

West Virginia OT Selvish Capers looked horrible on a play as Troy OLB Cameron Sheffield ran around him to flush the quarterback.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 04:03 PM ET

Mixed Day for Tebow

QB Tim Tebow has had an up-and-down day. He has struggled with his decision-making and has thrown behind receivers, but has done well on intermediate routes.


Posted by:  Tim Yotter, Viking Update
at 01/26/2010 03:54 PM ET

Mixed Bag on Defense

Tim Tebow should have been intercepted on consecutive passes, both of them dropped by defenders... East Carolina DL C.J. Wilson would have had a sack of QB Jarrett Brown if they were tackling in practice.


Posted by:  Bill Huber, PackerReport.com
at 01/26/2010 03:52 PM ET

LSU Tackle Impresses

In my eyes, the best left tackle in Mobile has been Ciron Black of LSU. He went 3-1 in pass rush drills and can handle speed nicely. Also, John Jerry of Ole Miss can play guard and right tackle. Very impressive.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:48 PM ET

More Receiver Notes

USC TE Anthony McCoy split a pair of defenders to get open deep and then went low to compensate for throw that didn't have enough distance. Great effort and catch (Ed Thompson)... UAB WR Joe Webb started to extend in the middle of the field and took a hit that kept him on one knee for a minute (Tim Yotter)...


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:44 PM ET

Seven-on-Sevens Start

The South squad is breaking up into offense and defense for the seven on sevens.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:39 PM ET

Wide Receiver Notes

Who is most impressive receiver? Dexter McCluster looks very good but Andre Roberts of The Citadel sure can get open (Bill Huber)... Beautiful catch by Florida WR Riley Cooper up the left sideline despite tight coverage.for 40 yards (Ed Thompson)...


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:32 PM ET

McCluster Back Catching

Dexter McCluster is back to working with the WRs and made a great diving catch against Javier Arenas on a long pass from Tim Tebow. Elsewhere, highly-rated FSU CB Patrick Robinson is staying with the WRs and getting hands on a few balls to bat away.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 03:31 PM ET

Riley Cooper Struggles

Florida WR Riley Cooper had a good day yesterday, but is struggling today. He has dropped two catchable Tim Tebow passes during drills.


Posted by:  Bill Huber, Packer Report
at 01/26/2010 03:25 PM ET

More on the Tebow Watch

It's great atmosphere with Crimson Tide and Tim Tebow fans. For the kids, Tebow is like Hannah Montana is for girls. That's not helping him with the scouts, however. The scouts next to me don't like Tebow's throwing motion, which they consider waaaay tooooo lonnnnnnng and sloooooow.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:23 PM ET

More One-on-One Notes

Mississippi State LB Jamar Chaney showed good coverage skills working against a RB whose double move didn't fool Chaney... Terrence Cody, part of an impressive class of tackles, just eats up a double team while USF DE George Selvie and Texas DT Lamarr Houston were overrun... Minnesota Vikings seem focused in watching the South offensive linemen on the field... Rod Marinelli is in attendence and seems to be walking with a limp... Nice deep ball catch up the middle by Auburn RB Ben Tate while working against South Carolina LB Eric Norwood.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 03:21 PM ET

A Flash of Potential

Miami TE Jimmy Graham (whose struggles today we wrote about below) is very raw, having played only one year at Miami. But you can see his potential, and at 6'8", 260, his upside is huge. A great redzone threat.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:15 PM ET

One-on-One Drill Notes

RB Roy Upchurch makes a great grab of a linebacker during one-on-ones. Being from Alabama, he gets a nice round of applause. There are a lot of Alabama fans in attendance, fresh off their national championship, and every time a Bama player looks good, the crowd applauds... There is also a bit of Gator gear visible as Florida fans follow Tebow to the Senior Bowl... Bama TE Colin Peek is a standout while running routes against safeties and linebackers.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 03:13 PM ET

Webb Needs Work

Former UAB QB Joe Webb is working as a wide receiver this week and is struggling. He needs a lot of work and lacks burst. His hands are suspect, but he has a big (6'4", 220) frame.


Posted by:  Bill Huber, Packer Report
at 01/26/2010 03:10 PM ET

Mixed Day for Sharpton

MLB Darryl Sharpton dropped an interception during drills, but bounced back with two nice picks. Then, as if he needed to balance things out, Sharpton drops an easy one. (Sharpton is rated as being in the upper portion of a solid inside linebacker class.


Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/26/2010 03:08 PM ET

McCluster at Running Back?

Ole Miss WR Dexter McCluster is projected to be a WR at the NFL level, but he is working with RBs Tuesday afternoon.


Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/26/2010 03:05 PM ET

Not So Golden Graham

Miami TE Jimmy Graham looks fluid while running routes, but he dropped a couple of passes during receiver drills, including a short pass thrown right to his belly.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 03:02 PM ET

Hodge Showing Potential

Ole Miss WR Shay Hodge is displaying quick feet and agility during cone drills. He catches everything away from his body. A big, physical pass catcher. (Hodge is ranked #27 among wide receivers heading into this draft).


Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/26/2010 02:59 PM ET

Jarrett Brown Looking Good

Early in practice with the QBs throwing to the TEs, West Virginia's Jarrett Brown clearly displays the advantage he has with respect to arm strength and a quick release.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 02:55 PM ET

South Team Gets into Action

The South Team has finished doing calisthenics with their trainer. Now offensive linemen are working on footwork while tight ends are working on blocking positions. TE coach has had to give most instruction so far to USC's Anthony McCoy, who is Scout's third-highest ranked TE in the draft.


Posted by:  Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com
at 01/26/2010 02:54 PM ET

Center of Attention

QB Tim Tebow continues to be the rock star on the field, with one camera seemingly on him at all times. He has to be hoping for a better showing from a football standpoint this afternoon. (Check our Tebow Tracker)


Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/26/2010 02:52 PM ET

McCluster on the Return

Ole Miss WR Dexter McCluster was handling punt returns and made good adjustments while the wind tried to make a few catches more difficult.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 02:45 PM ET

11-on-11 Walkthrough

The jugs machine is out and they're using it for kick returners. The defense and offense are doing an 11-on-11 walkthrough.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 02:41 PM ET

Punting Starts Off Practice

Players for the South team are warming up. Plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze with an occasional gust. Punter Matt Dodge just booted a pair of punts that covered 65 yards with good hang time. Stafon Johnson,  Andre Roberts, Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas are fielding punts. Arenas very smooth fielding punts.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 02:39 PM ET

South Squad Warming Up

Players starting to come out to the field, full pads on this nice sunny afternoon. Jerome Murphy and Dexter McCluster working on fielding punts.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 02:38 PM ET

Tebow Warming Up

QB Tim Tebow is on the field with the rest of the South Team. I predict a big day for Tebow!


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 12:07 PM ET

Morning Practice Wraps Up

That's it for the North Team's practice on Tuesday morning. Join us again at 2:45 PM for our live blog of the South practice!

Check out our story archive for tons of Senior Bowl coverage here on Scout.com!


Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/26/2010 12:06 PM ET

Someone's in Trouble

Heard from the Detroit Lions coaching staff, yelling at players: "Get back in the huddle. Quit screwing up my practice!"


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 12:02 PM ET

More 11-on-11 Notes

Oregon State QB Sean Canfield looks like he can be rattled in practice and throw some floaters... Purdue DT Mike Neal gets a good interior push with a bull rush... Mardy Gilyard drops a pass, the only knock on the guy, who has looked very good... Poor blocking by North offensive tackles almost results in an interception by TCU MLB Daryl Washington... Continuing a strong effort, linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Donald Butler have been sniffing out screens in drills, and Butler is all over an attempted draw play.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 11:59 AM ET

Jackson is Standout FB

Virginia FB Rashawn Jackson is the best fullback in the draft, and he's showing it today in practice. Not only is he a solid blocker, but he's a very good offensive threat.


Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/26/2010 11:58 AM ET

Blount Continues to Impress

Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount doesn't have particularly quick feet, but he shows good toughness between the tackles and can break tackles.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 11:54 AM ET

A Center Impresses

Boston College center Matt Tennant is going an outstanding job of sealing defenders in the trenches. Despite his lean frame, he uses his hands very well. (Tennant is Scout.com's fourth-ranked center).


Posted by:  Tim Yotter, Viking Update
at 01/26/2010 11:54 AM ET

Pike's Performance Mixed Again

Cincinnati QB Tony Pike has a good play action fake, but some of his passes can wobble and come up short


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:50 AM ET

Full Squad Drill Notes

Wisconsin TE Garrett Graham has a knack for getting open, as he makes two good gains on bootleg plays. New Bears OL coach Mike Tice is very focused watching these drills, taking notes as plays develop. He's watching offensive tackles who have been consistently outplayed this week. Right on cue, UMass LT Vladimir Ducasse makes a great block, but then gets whipped on a speed rush by LB terror Brandon Graham.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:46 AM ET

11-on-11 Drills Begin

The North Team is starting 11-on-11 drills. Again Missouri MLB Sean Weatherspoon's enthusiasm is contagious. He's very energetic on the field! The drills start with RB Joique Bell shaking and baking through linebackers for a long touchdown. Bell, the small-school runner, is showing good awareness running behind his blockers and falling forward in limited spaces.

Check out our story archive for tons of Senior Bowl coverage here on Scout.com!


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 11:44 AM ET

RB Blount Impresses

Surprisingly, Oregon's LeGarrette Blount ihas been the most impressive RB on the North Squad today. He has a good burst and finishes every run. He's impressing scouts. (Blount has been considered a mid-range RB until this week).


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:41 AM ET

Punting Drills

Michigan P Zoltan Mesko hits two bombs and two clunkers. He follows these with his best kick: A 43-yarder that has nice hang time. Then boots a duck that went 34 yards. In all, four good and four bad punts for Mesko, the top rated punter in an unexceptional draft for the position. Mardy Gilyard is also being used as a punt returner for the North team, a natural with his quick feet.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:40 AM ET

Linebacker Notes

Nebraska LB Phillip Dillard is struggling a bit in pass coverage while trying to cover tight ends. Michigan LB Brandon Graham is just about unblockable with his speed and spin moves.


Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/26/2010 11:39 AM ET

Ryan Brothers in the Stands

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and Jets head coach Rex Ryan are watching this morning's practice together from the stands


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:37 AM ET

More from Line Drills

49ers head coach Mike Singletary has settled in to keep an eye on the defensive linemen, as has a representative of the Vikings scouting staff. Mike Iupati looks unbeatable at guard during one-on-one drills, but gets beaten badly at times when moved to LT. Ducasse's struggles continue as he's beaten all four times during one-on-ones.


Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/26/2010 11:32 AM ET

Dickson Makes a Play

Oregon TE Ed Dickson smoked a LB and DB for a deep route catch that would have been an easy score in game action. Dickson is rated by Scout.com as the draft's fourth-best tight end.


Posted by:  Tim Yotter
at 01/26/2010 11:31 AM ET

Quarterback Observations

As practice wears on, Central Michigan CB Dan LeFevour is looking to be a decent anticipatory throwing, but is showing below-average zip on the ball. Oregon State QB Sean Canfield is showing decent accuracy, but he really gets his whole body into throws because of a lack of an arm.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:29 AM ET

Gilyard Continues to Impress

Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard is showing quick feet and positioning in drills today. He just put a nice move on Chris Cook for about an extra ten yards after the catch.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 11:27 AM ET

Standouts During Line Drills

Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham is causing fits for UMass OT/OG Vladimir Ducasse in drills. Graham is the most explosive defender on the field. In addition, OG/OT Mike Iupati stoned Purdue DT Mike Neal twice during linemen drills. Scouts like Iupati as an OT, which will dramatically increase his draft value.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:24 AM ET

D-Linemen Get to Rush the QB

Defensive linemen are working with coaches on rushing the quarterback. They are clearly having more success working against the tackles off the edge than against the interior line. Arkansas State DE Alex Carrington is showing a great burst off the line. The scouts next to us are praising his every move.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:18 AM ET

Linebackers and Running Backs Go At It

A fun drill to watch as there's spirited competition between linebackers and running backs doing one-on-on drills, with linebackers attempting to get to the QB. Wetherspoon is again the clear vocal leader and his power and finesse dominates in two reps against Division 2 running back Joique Bell (Wayne State). Also in these drills, Utah OLB Koa Misi is playing with purpose. He's explosive and showing good push.


Posted by:  Ed Thompson
at 01/26/2010 11:17 AM ET

Singletary Arrives

49ers head coach Mike Singletary is in attendance this morning for the North practice. He told me that he's heard about many of these players from his scouts and is excited about the "tremendous opportunity to see what they can do with the pads on."


Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/26/2010 11:15 AM ET

Cook Stands Out

In North team cornerback drills, Virgina CB Chris Cook is standing out. He might have the best ball skills of that group. Cook is in the middle range of corners, and needs to impress.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 11:12 AM ET

Quarterback Drills

Dan LeFevour continues to show poise and accuracy. His velocity is above average and he has excellent timing with his receivers. Quarterbacks are working on swing passes and curl routes. Cincinnati QB Tony Pike is struggling to throw a tight spiral.


Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/26/2010 11:07 AM ET

Linebacker Drills

Sean Weatherspoon and Donald Butler are standing out in linebacker drills. Bother are very smooth, low and explosive. Unlike the high-rated Weatherspoon, Butler needs to stand out in these practices to move up draft boards at inside linebacker.


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 01/26/2010 11:04 AM ET

Iupati Impressive

Scout.com has Mike Iupati listed as our top-rated offensive guard in this draft, and as he moves around the field, it's easy to see why. The Idaho lineman certainly passes the eyeball test for the position. At 6-5.5, 330 pounds, he's a large presence on the field.


Posted by:  Bill Huber, PackerReport.com
at 01/26/2010 10:55 AM ET

Swenson Struggles on Day 2

Top-rated placekicker Brett Swenson showed a big leg during kick-offs yesterday, but this morning, he's struggling with both accuracy and distance during the North's field goal drill.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 10:54 AM ET

Offensive Linemen Wait for Drills


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 10:50 AM ET

Ready to go, Gilyard Impresses

Mardy Gilyard continues to show that he is the best WR on the North Squad. He's very smooth out of his breaks and has soft, reliable hands.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 10:44 AM ET

Man In Black Arrives

Jerry Glanville is in the house! During stretching, Missoui's top-rated linebacker, Sean Witherspoon, is the most vocal player on the field.


Posted by:  Bill Huber
at 01/26/2010 10:39 AM ET

Gilyard Emerges to Practice

Five-star WR Marty Gilyard from Cincinnati, who was battling dehydration after Monday's practice, has made it out onto the field.


Posted by:  Chris Steuber
at 01/26/2010 10:35 AM ET

Getting Ready

Players are warming up on the field, they're in full pads ready to go. The sun is shining, a very pleasant 65 degree day!


Posted by:  Adam Caplan
at 01/26/2010 10:34 AM ET

Gilyard Deals with Dehydration

University of Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard missed at least one scheduled interview Monday night due to dehydration, a league source told Scout.com. Gilyard's status for Tuesday's North team practice is unknown.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan
at 01/26/2010 10:33 AM ET

Schofield Injured on Monday

During Monday's North team practice, University of Wisconsin DE O'Brien Schofield suffered a knee injury during a one-on-one drill against University of Massachusetts OLT Vladimir Ducasse.


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 07:45 AM ET

Today's Practice Schedule

Practice schedule as follows:
9:30am-11am CST North Practice
1:45pm-3:15pm CST South Practice

Check out our story archive for tons of Senior Bowl coverage here on Scout.com!


Posted by:  Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/26/2010 07:00 AM ET

Highlights from Monday

Here are a few notable links from Scout.com's Draft Coverage Live from the Senior Bowl :

  • Senior Bowl: Day One Risers and Fallers
  • Senior Bowl: Monday Practice MVPs
  • Senior Bowl Insider Blog
  • Senior Bowl: Monday's Rumors From the Field
  • Check out our story archive for tons of Senior Bowl coverage here on Scout.com!






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