Not-so-random late-night ramblings and some assorted photos from Senior Bowl week …
From time to time, the defensive lines for both the North and South teams forced their quarterbacks to scramble. On this play, Maryland’s 307-pound defensive tackle, Dre’ Moore, collapsed the pocket, working his way around Texas A&M’s Cody Wallace and forcing Ainge to escape.
Hawai’i quarterback Colt Brennan finds himself in the spotlight this week, and on this play Tuesday found himself under pressure from Georgia Tech’s Darrell Robertson and Mississippi State DE/LB Titus Brown.
But Brennan seemed to react better to pressure on Tuesday than in Monday’s practice, and he managed to complete this pass to Tulane running back Matt Forte. Robertson got past Clemson’s Barry Richardson, while Brown beat offensive tackle Heath Benedict.
One of the more fascinating aspects of Senior Bowl week is watching players from the lower levels of college football duel with those from the elite, BCS-level conferences. Benedict hails from Division II Newberry College, a Division II school in upstate South Carolina that is smaller than many of the high schools that produced Senior Bowl invitees, with an enrollment of 1,120. The 49ers’ coaches have worked him at both guard and tackle this week.
You always take note when you see a defensive lineman frequently facing double teams. Texas A&M’s 329-pound Red Bryant has seen more than his share; here, fellow Aggie Cody Wallace and Bowling Green State’s Kory Lichtensteiger work to keep him out of Ainge’s face.
This is a revealing photograph of Boston College’s Gosder Cherilus, as he gets his hands up to hold off USC’s Lawrence Jackson in one-on-one work, but does not hold him. Cherilus is the tallest offensive lineman on the North roster, standing at 6-foot-7, and he might be the next in a string of NFL O-linemen from BC dating back to Tom Nalen, who played in the Senior Bowl 14 years ago.
At the University of Delaware, quarterback Joe Flacco wore a helmet that looked eerily similar to that of Michigan, except with a lighter shade of blue. This week, his headgear is unadorned. All that separates him from a Penn State Nittany Lion is the absence of a stripe.
Sometimes the one-on-one line drills can look a little odd … and borderline painful, like when Oregon State’s Roy Schuening took on North Carolina State’s DeMario Pressley. Pressley emerged from this contortion none the worse for the wear.
Time for bed … more Wednesday. Until then, vaya con Dios from Alabama.
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