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Senior Bowl Notebook (Day 3): Final Observations


Here's what happened on Day 3 at Senior Bowl practice (Feb. 2):

* The National practice started getting a little chippy, with some pushing and shoving between the offensive and defensive linemen during 1-on-1s. There was also competition laced in throughout practice with either the offense or defense having to do 10 push-ups depending on which group won designated competitive sessions. The offense got the best of the defense late in practice in 7-on-7s and team drills.

* For the National team, Notre Dame guard Jarrett Patterson had a couple of good pass pro reps in 1-on-1s against Keeanu Benton, who has been the most consistent pass rusher among the interior defensive linemen. Michigan center Olu Oluwatimi also had a couple of strong consecutive reps after struggling a bit earlier in the week. Jaelyn Duncan continued to block well at left tackle. Michigan tackle Ryan Hayes had his best reps at left tackle this week. Cody Mauch continued to play all along the inside of the offensive line (including center) - something he never did as an offensive tackle at North Dakota St. - and was inconsistent.

* Northwestern defensive tackle Adetomiwa Adebawore continued to give offensive guards trouble with his powerful interior pass rush. Isaiah Foskey had a sack during team drills, winning around the edge against the left tackle. Clemson's KJ Henry (6-4, 247 pounds) also flashed a good dip and rip speed rush during 11-on-11 drills.

* Clemson tight end Davis Allen (6-5, 246) and Illinois safety Chase Brown had a fun battle during 1-on-1 drills. Allen won the first matchup, beating Brown for a touchdown catch, but Brown answered on their next rep against each other and got in front of Allen for an interception. Later, Brown had excellent coverage on Iowa St. wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson during 11-on-11 drills. Brown also got run over by tight Josh Whyle later in practice.

* Purdue tight end Payne Durham (6-5, 258) had his best day of the week, catching a pair of touchdowns.

* Stanford wide receiver Michael Wilson (6-1, 216) continued to impress with his ability to separate from defenders and get the football. He was one of the more consistent receivers at practice this week and finished the "move the ball" hurry-up drive to end practice with a leaping touchdown. UNC-Charlotte's Grant Dubose (6-2, 204) made a great TD catch on a fade during 7-on-7s and nearly came down with another leaping, juggling catch a few plays later.

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* Maryland placekicker Chad Ryland showed off his leg, nailing a kick from 53 yards that probably would have reached from 60.

* At American practice, Oklahoma offensive tackle Wanya Morris (6-4, 317) quietly had a solid week and had some good reps in 1-on-1s. Minnesota center John Michael Schmitz also continued a strong week as the best center in Mobile.

* Tyjae Spears showed his route-running skill with a whip route that sent the defender flying towards the sideline as Spears changed direction and was wide open over the middle.

* Oklahoma running back Eric Gray (5'9, 210 lbs) has been overshadowed by Spears and Kenny McIntosh this week, but he has also been impressive as a runner and receiver this week. He is low to the ground, is shifty, and has shown to be a good route runner and catcher of the football. He had an impressive touchdown catch during 1-on-1's.

* Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents had another flash play in 1-on-1s, tracking a receiver all the way down the field on a deep route before getting his head turned around and knocking away the ball.

* South Carolina cornerback Darius Rush continued to put himself in position to make plays, grabbing yet another interception during 1-on-1s and a second during 7-on-7s. He also knocked down multiple passes during other drills. Florida State defensive back Jammie Robinson showed good coverage on Xavier Hutchinson, staying with him, despite Hutchinson showing off his advanced route-running ability.

* Mississippi's Jonathan Mingo (6-1, 226) was solid all week, catching passes on all levels of the defense. He doesn't have any standout traits, but has been able to make himself available to his quarterbacks.

* Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny got the ball through from 53 yards, but he had much less room to spare than the Maryland kicker.

* Alabama interior offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr. had to leave practice with a lower-body injury.


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