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The South rises again, final thoughts from the Senior Bowl

The South Team defeats the North Team, 24-10, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.
The South Team defeats the North Team, 24-10, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.
Courtesy of Don Green

Mobile, AL. -

On a gorgeous 70 degree day at historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the South Team defeated the North Team, 24-10, at the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl. Florida State Seminoles QB Christian Ponder went 7 of 13 for 132 yards and 2 TD's and was awarded the game's MVP.

The scoring in the game began with LSU Tigers PK Josh Jasper booting a 23 yard FG on the first drive for the South for a 3-0 advantage. The next score was an 18 yard TD pass from Ponder to conference and state rival Miami Hurricanes WR Leonard Hankerson for a 9-0 lead. Jasper converted on the PAT for a 10-0 lead over the North.

In the 2nd quarter, Alabama Crimson Tide QB Greg McElroy handed off to West Virginia Mountaineers RB Noel Devine for a 16-0 South lead. Jasper knocked the PAT through for a 17-0 blanket over the North. That remained the score as both teams went to the locker rooms. The hometown South Alabama Jaguars marching band entertained the crowd for the halftime festivities.

After trading series' in the 3rd quarter, UCLA Bruins PK Kai Forbath put the North on the board with a 24 yard FG to trail 17-3. Then, Maryland Terrapins RB Da'Rel Scott rushed for a 1 yard TD run to pull to 17-9. Nebraska Cornhuskers PK Alex Henery converted the PAT to pull to 17-10. The 3rd quarter ended with the North still trailing by 7 points.

In the 4th quarter, FSU's Ponder came back in to toss a 23 yard TD pass to TCU Horned Frogs WR Jeremy Kerley to a 23-10 lead. Jasper booted the PAT through for the final nail in the coffin for a 24-10 advantage for the South. The game ended with a very satisfied and partial crowd's approval.

Top perfomers for the South were Ponder, Hankerson, and Louisville Cardinals RB Bilal Powell on offense. Mississippi State Bulldog LB K. J. Wright had an interception on defense. For the North, QB's Jake Locker of the Washingtom Huskies and Ricky Stanzi of the Iowa Hawkeyes did well, while Ohio State Buckeyes WR Dane Sanzenbacher made an impression.

The Senior Bowl staff did a marvelous job in hosting the event. They are to be commended for their time and efforts on the afternoon. It will be interesting to see who gets drafted from this game, what round they get drafted in, and who signs as free agents. The NFL Draft is set for April 28-30 at Radio Music City Hall in New York City.

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