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Wednesday Notes from the 2013 Senior Bowl

Russell Shepard is hoping to find ways to be more productive as a professional on the gridiron.Russell Shepard is hoping to find ways to be more productive as a professional on the gridiron.


LSU's Russell Shepard was at practice for the first time. He looks really athletic but I think he needs a position. The Houston-area product is not a polished receiver but could make it on special teams as a return man. He was also used as a gunner on the punt team at Wednesday's practice.

Quarterbacks Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) and Landry Jones (Oklahoma) both threw the ball with accuracy.

Running backs Mike Gillislee from Florida impressed; he ran well showed he could catch the ball and block well picking up the blitz. Running back Stepfan Taylor from Stanford showed good hands catching the football.

The most impressive receiver for the North continues to be Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton, who looks quick, gets open and has good hands. Receiver Conner Vernon out of Duke is more than just a receiver who lacks speed; he can catch the ball and move the chains.

Linebacker Sean Porter from Texas A&M showed he has solid pass coverage skills.

Safety Bacarri Rambo from Georgia jumped pass routes and looks instinctive.

An interesting corner is Georgia's Sanders Commings, who has great size for the position (6-0 223). Even with that size, Commings shows good man pass coverage skills. He could line up at corner or safety.

One-on-one lineman drills:

Lane Johnson from Oklahoma had another good day, He stoned most of the defensive lineman. On the other side of the specturn, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi from Virginia looked bad while often over-powered by big lineman and beat by quicker lineman as well.

Defensive lineman Montori Hughes from Tennessee-Martin was looking good early this week but was in a walking boot with an ankle injury Wednesday.

Lavar Edwards from LSU did a bit better today than Tuesday but was beaten badly by offensive lineman Brian Schwenke from Cal who won several battles against other good defensive lineman. Edwards was disiciplined in run support though.

Jordan Mills of Louisiana Tech was added to the squad late and had a good day in the one-on-one drills

Big defensive tackle John Jenkins (359 pounds) could not penetrate and may just be a two-down run defender, he shows no pass rush moves.

Team Drills:

Malliciah Goodman, defensive lineman from Clemson, stuffed the run well.

Ziggy Annsah from BYU looked lost at times but did make some plays against the run.

Linebacker Sean Porter from Texas A&M may have had the hardest hit of the day, stuffing a running play at the line for no gain; he also knocked down a pass thrown by Landry Jones.

Safety Robert Lester from Alabama had a pick-6 on a deflected pass thrown by E. J. Manuel from Florida State.

Gillislee turned the corner for a 30-yard run.

Linebacker Zaviar Gooden out of Missouri knocked down a pass thrown by Manuel.


Offensive lineman Kyle Long, Hall of Famer Howie's son, missed his second practice with the flu.

Quarterback Mike Glennon from NC State still was inconsistent, but made some good throws and looked better than Tuesday.

Versatile running back Jonathan Franklin out of UCLA has had a good week.

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson from Marshall had a deep scoring catch in the one-on-one drills. Wide receiver Chris Harper from Kansas State was open a lot and caught the ball well.

Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Denard Robinson from Michigan struggled with drops.

Wide receiver Marcus Wheaton out of Oregon State continues to shine due to deep speed to get behind defensive backs. He beat corner Jamar Taylor (Boise State) deep for a touchdown.

The best looking defensive lineman for the North continues to be Datone Jones from UCLA. He wins a lot of one-on-one battles and is also an effective run defender.

Alex Okafor, defensive lineman from Texas, won some battles but lost more in the one-on-one drills. He looked much better in the team drills. Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams from North Carolina showed a strong bull rush.

Margus Hunt, a 6-foot-8 defensive lineman from SMU, has had an up-and-down week but did show a good swim move in the one-on-one drills.

North Team drills:

Okafor had a sack on quarterback Zac Dysert (Miami-OH) and caused a fumble.

UCLA running back Jon Franklin broke a long run.

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton from Oregon State caught the ball well in traffic.

UCLA's Jones forced a sack on Mike Glennon and caused a fumble.

Wide receiver Aaron Mellette from Elon made a long catch running down the sideline on a throw that may have been Glennon's best of the week so far. Then on the next play, Glennon fumbled the snap.

Defensive lineman Margus Hunt caused quarterback Dysert to throw early with a good pass rush.

Running back Kenjon Barner from Oregon double-caught an easy ball on a play where was wide open and set up to make moves in space.

Brandon Williams, defensive line from Missouri Southern, made a sack on Glennon. Defensive lineman Kawann Short from Purdue was in the backfield all day; he is quick off the ball.


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