The South team beat the North, 16-15, in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, but you're probably wondering how the seven locals players performed.
C Ethan Pocic (LSU)
- Started at center for the South team.
- The South made it known early that it would be running behind Pocic. On its first series, Pocic opened a hole up the middle, moving to the second level to get a block on Michigan ILB Ben Gedeon. The play gained 12 yards.
- Pocic started the South's fifth drive playing left guard. He played both positions during practice this week in Mobile. Some scouts want Pocic at center, and others like him at guard, he said earlier this week. Kentucky center Jon Toth replaced him at center.
- Pocic played in the left tackle/end spot on the South's field goal unit, and he returned to the center position for parts of the fourth quarter.
CB Dwayne Thomas (LSU)
- A late addition to the game, Thomas entered on the third play as an extra DB on the South's third-and-long package, and he played a significant portion of the snaps.
- Thomas began the South's third defensive drive, and he made back-to-back tackles before having tight coverage on the North's top option on a third-and-long.
- Thomas, in man-to-man coverage, was flagged for a holding penalty early in the fourth quarter that gave the North a first down.
LB Duke Riley (LSU)
- Started the South's second defensive drive as an inside linebacker.
- It didn't take Riley long to make a play. He shed a block from an offensive lineman on his second play in the game, scrapping down the line for a tackle near the sideline.
WR Travin Dural (LSU)
- Dural's only catch early was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty on Ole Miss TE Evan Engram. The South went back to him on the very next play, but he failed to catch a pass against tight coverage down the sideline.
DT Tanzel Smart (Tulane)
- Started at DT for the South.
- Smart and Riley helped keep the North out of the end zone on its second drive, forcing a field goal. The duo combined on one tackle during a second-and-goal.
WR Trent Taylor (La. Tech)
- Taylor, the shortest player at the Senior Bowl at 5-7, played several snaps at the slot position, serving as the primary player at that spot.
- Taylor caught his first and only pass with about 5 minutes left, a leaping 20-yard grab to give the North a first down.
WR Chad Williams (Grambling)
- Williams got his first catch on the South's third drive late in the first quarter. He made a nice move after catching a 5-yard pass on a stop route, turning it into a first down by picking up 5 more.