Tyree Jackson (Buffalo) entered the game at QB for the South. On his first play, Jackson completed a 54-yard pass to Gary Jennings (WR/West Virginia). Nasir Adderly (S/Delaware) did a poor job of tracking the ball in the air. Khalen Saunders did a terrific job of eating up blocks. Jackson got the big wheels moving for an 11-yard run. He then threw a 100 mph fastball between Adderly and another defender for a TD to Jennings. A low snap by the center sunk the two-point conversion.
The North squad came out trying to assert dominance on the ground. Dalton Risner (OL/Kansas State) got into an exchange with Jonathan Ledbetter (EDGE/Georgia). This is after coming to blows with his teammate Zach Allen in practice. Risner doesn’t take any s**t. Ledbetter responded by putting his helmet into Finley’s chest forcing a bad throw. An Andy Isabella catch and run, followed by a Terry McLaurin end around, set the North up for an easy TD. Dexter Williams (RB/Notre Dame) did the deed from four yards out.
Tyree Jackson just missed David Sills on a deep throw. He followed that up with an excellent throw to Sills on the sideline. After being flushed from the pocket, Jackson couldn’t keep his balance and L.J. Collier finished off the sack. Jackson made a poor read and was intercepted by Nasir Adderly. It was at this point I walked down to the field. While I was down there, I saw Tony Pollard score a TD. This was followed by Tyree Jackson completing a TD to David Sills about five yards in front of my face.
FINAL SCORE: NORTH 34, SOUTH 24
2019 Senior Bowl: Game Recap (1-26-19)
Trace McSorley came in at quarterback for the North team. He immediately hit Isabella on a slant and then threw behind Jaylen Smith (WR/Louisville) on the next play. Keelan Doss (WR/UC-Davis) made a great catch on a low throw. McSorley overshot Caleb Wilson (TE/UCLA) for a TD. Leery of McSorley, the Raiders staff started leaning heavily on Karan Higdon (RB/Michigan). On third down, McSorley overshot Jakobi Meyers (WR/NC State) by ten yards. Seibert hit a 20-yard field goal.
Gardner Minshew entered the game under center for the South. Minshew had a horrible first series under center, including an overthrown of a comeback to Deebo Samuel. Jake Bailey (Stanford) got an excellent roll on his 59-yard punt.
Jimmy Moreland (CB/James Madison) made a great play on a quick screen to Isabella. Alec Ingold (FB/Wisconsin) peeled back on Okereke eliciting a high five from Jon Gruden. It was not shocking to me to see Isaiah Johnson (CB/Houston) get called for a hold. This was another drive that ended with a McSorley overthrow.
Jordan Brown (CB/South Dakota State) showed good ball skills breaking up a pass. This was another forgettable effort from Minshew.
Daniel Jones (Duke) entered the game to run the two-minute drill. I guess they had seen enough of McSorley. There were so…many…penalties. Caleb Wilson had a catch but fumbled after Dontavius Russell (DL/Auburn) hustled back to make a play.
Minshew continued his trash quarter. He threw three straight incomplete passes. Cole Tracy hit a 43-yard field goal to end the half.
HALFTIME: SOUTH 12, NORTH 3
Deebo Samuel (WR/South Carolina), Gardner Minshew (QB/Washington State), and Montez Sweat (EDGE/Mississippi State) were captains for the South. Drue Tranquill (LB/Notre Dame), Nasir Adderly (S/Delaware), and Garrett Bradbury (C/NC State) were named North team captains.
Samuel was back returning kicks for the South team.
Will Grier of West Virginia started at QB. On the first play, he hit Deebo Samuel on a slant for 15-yards. Foster Moreau (TE/LSU) had a nice block on the edge to spring Ryquell Armstead (RB/Temple). Will Grier, all week, struggled with high throws when he got moved off of his spot. This continued on the first drive. Wes Hills (RB/Slippery Rock) showed a tremendous change of direction and nearly broke a 20+ yard TD. Armstead finished it off for a score. Cole Tracy (LSU) missed the XP.
Drew Lock got the start at QB. He didn’t move the football. Mitch Wishnowsky (Utah) boomed a 54-yard punt.
Khalen Saunders (DL/Western Illinois) beat Javon Patterson (G/Ole Miss) inside for a sack. This week has not been kind to Patterson. Kris Boyd (CB/Texas) got called for DPI on Tyre Brady (WR/Marshall). The next play he got hit for another penalty against Deebo Samuel. Grier threw a YOLO ball to Hunter Renfrow for 35 yards. Charles Omenihu (EDGE/Texas) called for illegal hands to the face that bailed another bad Grier throw. Will Grier’s luck finally ran out and the South had to settle for a 33-yard Cole Tracy field goal.
Drew Lock made a nice improv throw to Tommy Sweeney (TE/Boston College). Bobby Okereke (LB/Stanford) shot the gap for a TFL. Lonnie Johnson (CB/Kentucky) lowered the boom on Terry McLaurin (WR/Ohio State). The North converted on fourth down when Lock took advantage of a mismatch to find Andy Isabella (WR/UMass). Drew Sample (TE/Washington) made a nice stab to come down with a catch. He had a good week. Lock made a nice throw that McLaurin couldn’t come down with. Austin Seibert (Oklahoma) missed a 44-yard field goal.
On the last play of the quarter, Will Grier missed Deebo Samuel on a go route.
1ST QUARTER: SOUTH 9, NORTH 0
DEEP FRIED DRAFT
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is in the books. Under crystal clear blue skies, the North squad defeated the South, 34-24.
Daniel Jones was named MVP after completing 8/11 for 115 yards and one score. Jones rushed for another.
Tyree Jackson was named the South team Most Outstanding Player after going 13/21 for 165 and one score with one pick. Andy Isabella won the North team MOP award after finishing with eight touches for 88 yards and a score.
Today, I will offer a stream of consciousness type of breakdown. You will see the game how I saw the game.
Tony Pollard (RB/Memphis) was the kick returner to start the half for the North. He has such a quick burst hitting the hole. Daniel Jones had the North offense in a rhythm. Dontavius Russell continues to make plays. Jones missed a wide open Keelan Doss and nearly got picked off by Juan Thornhill (S/Virginia). Jaylon Ferguson (EDGE/Louisiana Tech) picked up a sack on one play and a hurry on the next. Rock Ya-Sin (CB/Temple) had a clear DPI in the endzone. Daniel Jones scored a TD on a QB keeper.
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) entered the game at QB for the South. He immediately threw a strike to Anthony Johnson (WR/Buffalo). Zach Allen (DL/Boston College) hit Stidham late, drawing the ire of Dru Samia (G/Oklahoma). Charles Omenihu (DL/Texas) hit Stidham from behind, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Te’Von Coney (LB/Notre Dame).
Gruden called for the ole flea flicker and Jones completed it to McLaurin. Andy Isabella caught a quick pass, broke two tackles and scored a TD. Kentucky safety Mike Edwards was injured on the play.
Byron Cowart (DL/Maryland) and Anthony Nelson (DL/Iowa) were both in the backfield for a tackle-for-loss. Stidham can’t get anything going.
Ryan Finley (NC State) entered the game at QB for the North. Finley scrambled for 12. Kingsley Keke (DL/Texas A&M) shot down the line for a TFL. Drew Sample just does all of the little things well. Seibert hit a 29-yard field goal.
Anthony Nelson beat Andre Dillard (Washington State) for a strip sack.
THIRD QUARTER: NORTH 20, SOUTH 12
I will have my Risers and Fallers piece up tomorrow. Thanks for reading.