MOBILE, Ala. – Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s South practice in unseasonably chilly temperatures at the Senior Bowl:
>Duke kicker Ross Martin provided the most dramatic moment of the session when he connected on a 60-yard field goal … with three yards to spare. Perhaps he’s someone the Buffalo Bills, who saw Dan Carpenter struggle with extra points and field goals, will be tracking.
>Overall, the South quarterbacks were unimpressive. They were mostly inconsistent with their accuracy, often misfiring even on the most basic throws. Surprisingly, the one who was the most accurate with his passes was Arkansas’ Brandon Allen, despite having relatively small hands.
>Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard, regarded as the best wide receiver in the Senior Bowl and one of the top players at the position in the draft, showed his tremendous speed when he caught a 45-yard touchdown bomb from Alabama quarterback Jake Coker.
>For the second day in a row, BYU defensive end Brandon Kaufusi was one of the more dominant players on the field. He seems to be doing wonders for his draft stock, although some NFL scouts still have questions about his drive based on what they've seen of his college career.
>Three of the more impressive offensive linemen for the South are tackles: LSU’s Vadal Alexander, Georgia’s John Theus, and Baylor’s Spencer Drango.
Alexander has considerable size (6-foot-6 and 330 pounds) and athleticism, and excels in pass protection as well as in run-blocking. He won the majority of his one-on-one battles Tuesday and Wednesday.
Theus is 6-6 and 303 pounds, and moves surprisingly well for having one of the thicker frames of the tackle group. At 6-6 and 310 pounds, Drango would figure to be an obvious choice to play tackle, but his arms are relatively short and there are more than a few NFL scouts who see him being better suited for guard.
>Two South squad scratches for Saturday’s all-star game with hamstring injuries are Florida tight end Jake McGee and Missouri guard Connor McGovern.