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Senior Bowl North Practice Report Day 4 Led by TJ McDonald

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

It was just shells and helmets again today and they were typically working on certain drills (two minute, inside the 10 yard line etc.) so it isn’t the best evaluation day. The linemen weren’t really hitting so little can be gleaned from them. One note, Offensive lineman Kyle Long was on the field and working at both guard and tackle after missing the past two days due to illness.

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Mike Glennon, NC State:

North Senior Bowl practice

North practice 11 on 11.

Glennon wasn’t as on target today and missed on more passes than he had earlier in the week. He sailed a couple of throws in 1-on-1’s working inside the 10 yard line. He looked sloppy with his footwork despite there being no pass rush. He was better in the rest of practice hitting a couple key throws in the two minute drill, but he still wasn’t great.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Nassib looked to be the best quarterback today. He had a couple miscues himself, but looked fairly sharp overall. I liked a number of his throws inside the 10 yard line. He had nice placement on his passes and gave his receiver a chance to make the catch. During the two minute drill and 7-on-7 he looked pretty good as well. A good end to an up-and-down practice week, for Nassib who .

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Dysert started off pretty well in practice having some nice throws in 1-on-1’s. He did struggle though later in practice, including a bad interception during the two-minute drill. Dysert is clearly behind the other two quarterbacks and lost a little hype this week.

Wide Receivers:

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had two early drops in drill work, but once he started going against live competition he put on a show. In 1-on-1’s, 7-on-7’s and team drills he had a number of nice catches. He got open quite a bit and was a favorite target of all three quarterbacks in 7-on-7 and team drills. He showed good adjustment to a couple off target throws and really put together a good final day of practice.

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

Robinson caught the ball better today, but he still wasn’t anything spectacular. He got pushed around by more physical cornerbacks and would have easily been called for offensive pass interference on a couple reps. He didn’t hurt his stock as much as previous days, but he didn’t help it much today either.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton had a really nice practice including making a couple spectacular grabs. While the catches were nice the route running was perhaps the highlight for him. He created some nice separation on some throws, but unfortunately the throws were off target for him to get them.

Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Goodwin had another really nice day, flashing his speed and route running. He was very fluid every time he cut and left more than one defender trailing behind him. He came up with a couple of big catches today and very easily should become a capable slot receiver.

Tight End:

Nick Kasa, Colorado:

Kasa continued to have a nice week catching the football, making some really tough catches in 1-on-1’s. Unfortunately you couldn’t see how his blocking was today, but he did his part receiving.


Desmond Trufant, Washington:

Trufant continued to have one of the better weeks of any player in Mobile. He played with good technique during the 1-on-1’s and was complimented by the coaching staff a number of times. He also came up with a big interception during the two-minute drill. He showed good speed throughout the day and was rarely fooled, something that had been a nagging issue in some earlier practices.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Poyer struggled on one of his first reps in 1-on-1’s but made up for it with a really strong practice the rest of the way. I like his positioning and the way he would break on the ball. He really displays nice ball and coverage skills and rarely let his man outright beat him. His week wasn’t as flashy as say Trufant, but he did all the little things right.

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

Thomas struggled some in 1-on-1’s and really looked lost at times later in the practice. He couldn’t match some of the tight ends physicality and just got beat inside too often. While he was trending up quite a bit, it’s been a week that has brought him back to earth somewhat.

T.J. McDonald, USC:

Huge day for McDonald, he looked great in 1-on-1’s, he did allow one catch, but his coverage was great the quarterback (Nassib) just made an excellent throw. He flowed to the ball well in other drills and really was strong in every area. You saw good angles and awareness which were the two biggest concerns coming into this week.

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Senior Bowl Introductory Press Conference – Justin Pugh from Syracuse

January 23, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

This is an excerpt from OL Justin Pugh's (from Syracuse) Press Conference, which was part of the Senior Bowl's Introductory Press Conference on Sunday night:

Question:  What do you hope to get accomplished this week Justin?


Justin Pugh at Senior Bowl practice.

Justin Pugh at Senior Bowl practice.

Hoping to go out there and play against some of the day best competition. I know that the players that are in this game are some of the best in the country, and the Senior bowl is known for having the best players. So I think I I can definitely go out there and show what type of player I am and give the coaches an idea. And also I want to learn a lot, because I mean the coaches are NFL coaches and you can learn a lot from them. So I'm excited about that.

Question:  Was the Syracuse coaching staff change a factor in your decision to come out this year? (Asked Fanspeak's Steve Shoup)


No it wasn't. I mean I can of set it up so I could graduate. I knew going into the year that I wanted to graduate to kind of give me the option that I could go either way but have my degree. My mom, being a teacher, she was real big on if I didn't get my degree, I wasn't going to be able to come out. So I made sure I took 5 classes over the summer to make sure I graduated in December. And I made my decision before Coach Marrone left for the Bills. But the whole time, he was supportive and he was great about it, and I just can only thank him for that.

Question: What's your degree in?


Finance. Yeah, so if any of you guys need help with your money, just let me know.


Question:  What's the best piece of advice you got from the Syracuse coaching staff before coming down to this game? (Asked by Fanspeak's Steve Shoup)


Its about your mentality — how you're going to approach the week. If you want to go on, and you want to work hard, and put everything into it, then you're going to get out whatever you put into it. My coaches said you can't go down there and think its a time to relax and you know, enjoy yourself. But you want to go out and meet people and show them what kind of kid you are and then you want to go show them what type of player you are. So this is a business trip.

Question: When did you find out you were going to come to the Senior Bowl?


Officially I found out this past week. So I'm down training in Atlanta with Chip Smith. Its great down there and they let me know that I would be able to play in the game —  that finally the NFL and the Senior Bowl were able to come to the criteria we talked about earlier and gave me the OK. I was so excited, I hopped on the first plane down here and got down here as soon as possible.

Question:  Is there one aspect of your game that you maybe heard people criticize that you want to show scouts that its maybe not a weakness this week?


I think something that everyone talks about is maybe my size. I'm not like your protypical 6'8"-6'7", 350 lbs. left tackle. But I think that what I bring to the table is something that complements my game with my athleticism. And I think I will be able to show that this week in drills.


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