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Auburn’s Dee Ford leads South defense to 20-10 victory in Senior Bowl

Dee Ford Senior Bowl AP

Auburn defensive end Dee Ford had been recognized by the Senior Bowl earlier in the week for his efforts in practice all week, and he capped it off by helping to lead the South defense to a 20-10 victory over the North. Ford recorded a pair of sacks and earned Senior Bowl MVP honors to continue to build momentum heading closer to the NFL Draft.

Practices leading up to the actual game tend to carry more weight in player evaluations, but here are six players who made the most of their performance in the Senior Bowl, in no particular order.

1. DE Dee Ford, Auburn

Ford was difficult to slow down in this one. Much like his impact in the BCS Championship Game, Ford brought constant pressure in the North backfield and recorded a pair of sacks and batted down a pass. If any defensive lineman helped his draft profile with this game, it was Ford. Ford was named the Senior Bowl MVP.

2. RB James White, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s running back led all players in the game with 61 rushing yards on 11 rushing attempts. He was the lone highlight for the game for the North squad as he scored the North’s only touchdown.

3. RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina

One of the top names from the FCS ranks playing this weekend handled himself well for the South team, leading the team in rushing with 31 yards.

4. QB David Fales, San Jose State

He did throw an interception, but he also had the arm that threw two of the biggest offensive plays in the game. Fales completed six of seven passes for a game high 104 passing yards and a touchdown.

5. DB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

One of the biggest questions about Desir was how he would perform on the field against all of those big receivers from the big time programs. He did quite well, coming down with an interception in the end zone late in the game.

6. TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State

Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore made some nice plays when on the field, including two of the better catches of the game for the South. He also led all players with 61 receiving yards and snagged a touchdown catch from Fresno State’s Derek Carr on a pass that was slightly behind him on the run.

And here are three who left something to be desired in the game.

1. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

For all of the talk about potential for Logan Thomas, the Senior Bowl showed much of what Hokies fans have witnessed the past few years. He did complete four of five passes, but for just 18 yards. Thomas took a handful of sacks as well for a loss of 38 yards.

2. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Boyd failed to make any special plays in the game, completing a little less than half of his passes (7 for 16) for 31 yards. He was also intercepted once.

3. QB Stephen Morris, Miami

It must be an ACC thing. Morris joined his conference mates in having a rough afternoon in Mobile. Miami’s quarterback completed 9 of 16 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions in a game when no quarterback for the North team (yes, the North) struggled to move the offense against the South defense.

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6 Responses to “Auburn’s Dee Ford leads South defense to 20-10 victory in Senior Bowl”
  1. afrancis55 says: Jan 25, 2014 7:19 PM

    Dee may have ensured himself at the very least a second round selection, and depending on his combine he might rise to late first round. War Eagle, way to represent Auburn!

  2. normtide says: Jan 25, 2014 7:34 PM

    To me, the DE position is probably the most important for NFL defenses. With the rules favoring the pass, a pass rush is your only way to stop it. Ford is defiantly a day one pick and probably end of the first round. If I was an NFL GM, the first round is only for qb’s, o-line, and pass rushers. Running backs probably shouldn’t be taken before the third.

  3. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 25, 2014 7:39 PM

    Note to recruits, if you want to play defense in the NFL you must commit to Alabama…or at least that’s what Napoleon wants you to think.

  4. longtallsam says: Jan 25, 2014 9:30 PM

    ….in a game when no quarterback for the North team (yes, the North) struggled to move the offense against the South defense.

    NO qb struggled? You must mean “every qb struggled”!

  5. deezenucks says: Jan 25, 2014 11:30 PM

    In Gus we trust

  6. Professor Fate says: Jan 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    A Miami QB playing for the “North,” a San Jose State QB on the “South” squad…Who came up with this arrangement? Either put players from the south on the South squad and players from the north on the North squad or call them something else. If you’re going with team names that don’t recognize where the players went to school then naming those teams based on geographical location makes no sense.

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