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Tuesday Notes from the 2013 Senior Bowl

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Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher will be one to watch when he fills out his uniform Saturday in the 2013 Senior Bowl.Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher will be one to watch when he fills out his uniform Saturday in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

Odds and ends:

The shortest player was running back Robbie Rouse of Fresno St. at 5-5 ½. The tallest player was defensive end Margus Hunt SMU at 6-8.

The lightest player was Onterrio McCalebb, the Auburn running back, at 164 pounds. The heaviest player was Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins at 359 pounds.

Only one LSU player attended: defensive lineman Lavar Edwards.

There were three other players from Louisiana schools: Wide receiver Quinton Patton from Louisiana Tech, defensive back Robert Alford from Southeastern and punter Ryan Allen from Louisiana Tech.

Notes from Tuesday's practice:

North Squad

Lineman one-on-one drills

The best offensive lineman was Eric Fisher (6-7 305) from Central Michigan, a first round talent who won all but a single one-on-one matchup Tuesday. He beat all the defensive lineman.

A big surprise was offensive lineman David Quessenberry (6-6 295) from San Jose State who like Fisher won most of his battles.

Justin Pugh (6-5 297), an offensive lineman and fourth year junior allowed to go to the Senior Bowl from Syracuse, has short arms and will have to play inside at guard or maybe right tackle in the NFL.

Offensive lineman Brian Winters of Kent State (6-5 310) did well in the one-on-one drills as well; this guy plays nasty.

On the defensive side, Datone Jones a defensive end at 6-4 and 275 pounds from UCLA, won a lot of battles. He looked very quick and used his hands well to gain leverage.

Alex Okafor (6-5 265) out of Texas did well on most of his battles.

Highly-rated defensive lineman Michael Buchanan (6-5 240) from Illinois struggled to shed blockers.

In one-on-one drills between defensive backs and wide receivers, Aaron Dobson (6-2 206) from Marshall did well. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton from Oregon State showed his outstanding speed going deep. He beat a good corner in Desmond Trufant on a deep route. 

Trufant (6-0 186) out of Washington showed good man cover skills.

Jordan Poyer, cornerback (5-11 190) from Oregon State, covered well underneath but lacks good speed going deep.

Safety Phillip Thomas (6-1 215) from Fresno State played well. He stole the ball from Denard Robinson, the Michigan quarterback who was lined up at wide receiver.

Team drills:

Quarterback Ryan Nassib (6-2 228) out of Syracuse showed he knows where to go with the ball. NC State quarterback Mike Glennon (6-6 ½ 226) didn't help himself with a very inconsistent performance and looked real thin; he was picked off by safety T. J. Mc Donald (6-2 205) from USC.

Linebacker Kevin Reddick (6-2 240) from  North Carolina made plays all day. As did Khaseem Greene linebacker, a 6-foot-1, 230 pounder out of Rutgers.

South Squad:

One-on-one lineman drills

Offensive lineman Lane Johnson (6-6 303) from Oklahoma looked like the best offensive lineman on the field. He has the feet to be a left tackle plus has long arms and a nasty streak. He won most of his battles.

Brian Schwenke (6-4 300), offensive lineman from Cal, also did well in the one-on-one drills.

Oday Aboushi (6-6 310) from Virginia lacks quickness to play left tackle so he will have to play guard or right tackle in the pro game.

Highly-rated defensive tackle Ezekial Ansah (6-5 270) from BYU is said by many scouts to be a first round talent, but is very raw. The native of Ghana has no pass rush moves and was stoned just trying to bull rush in the one-on-one drills. I have seen him play in several games and was not impressed. He has great potential but, as Bill Parcels once said, potential only means you haven't done it yet.

Lavar Edwards (6-5 258), the versatile defensive lineman from LSU, didn't have a good practice. He was stoned in most of his battles and jumped off sides twice. When you jump off sides in the one-on-one drills, you lose your turn.

Montori Hughes (6-4 327) from Tennessee Martin won some battles. John Jenkins (6-3 358) the massive Georgia defensive tackle, showed a strong bull rush.

One-on-one drills wide receivers vs. defensive backs:

Cornerback Robert Alford (6-0 185) from Southeastern Louisiana is having a good week. He has shown man cover skills but was beaten several times by wide receiver Quinton Patton (6-2 195), the accomplished Louisiana Tech product.

Safety Bacarri Rambo (6-0 210) out of Georgia looks good. He shows some cover skills, as does B. W. Webb, a 5-10 180 corner from William & Mary.

Team drills:

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones (6-4 220) showed he can make all the throws needed to play at a higher level.

Linebacker Vince Williams (6-1 250) from Florida State crushed the right guard and penetrated into the backfield.

Wide receiver Tavarres King (6-1 200) from Georgia ran good routes but was stripped of the ball on one play and may have injured his hand.


The best of the North on Tuesday was OL Eric Fisher from Central Michigan and OL David Quessenberry out of San Jose State.

Defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA also showed well.

Running back Kenjon Barner (5-11 192) out of Oregon lacks size yet picked up the blitz well.

For the South, Jones threw well and Patton had a good day, but the most impressive player may have been a college teammate of Jones, OL Lane Johnson.

Alford showed the ability to bounce back after being beaten on the island.

Next: Wednesday's practices.

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