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SENIOR BOWL NOTEBOOK: Florida College Contingent Down To One; Other Notes

Posted Jan 28, 2016

That one player from a Florida school remaining in Mobile is linebacker Antonio Morrison, who is competing for the South team.

When tight end Jake McGee was sidelined from the Senior Bowl after sustaining a hamstring injury in practice, it left only one player from a Florida school on either the North or South roster.

That one player is linebacker Antonio Morrison, who is competing for the South team.

It should be noted, however, that quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett from N.C. State and Jeff Driskel from Louisiana Tech both began their collegiate career at the University of Florida before transferring; and Alabama quarterback Jake Coker started off at Florida State.

There are no players at the Senior Bowl from the University of Miami, Florida State, UCF, USF or FIU. UM was represented by four players last year.

BAMA BOUNTY

The schools with the most players on the roster at the start of the week were Ohio State and Alabama with five each, although OSU linebacker Joshua Perry has been sidelined by a groin injury.

The list of Alabama players is led by linebacker Reggie Ragland, who is projected as a first-round pick.

And while he just ended a 15-game season two weeks ago when he helped the Crimson Tide win the national title with a victory against Clemson, Ragland said he never considered the idea of skipping the Senior Bowl.

“It’s a prestigious game,” Ragland said. “I’m going to be able to help my brain a little more and also getting to play in this game with some of my brothers that I won’t probably get to play with in the league. I get a chance to play with some guys I’ve heard about over the years of playing college football.”

The other Alabama players at the Senior Bowl are defensive tackle Jarran Reed, cornerback Cyrus Jones, running back Kenyan Drake and quarterback Jake Coker, who grew up in Mobile and attended Senior Bowl practices as a youngster.

BUCKEYES PRIDE

Along with Perry, the Ohio State players at the Senior Bowl are wide receiver Braxton Miller, tight end Nick Vannett, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and safety Tyvis Powell.

Powell stood out at practice Thursday morning when he intercepted two passes in the end zone, one in a seven-on-seven red-zone drill and the other in a team drill.

“What’s going on is I see my fellow teammates going out here and making plays and showing off. I’m like, I’m from the same school; if they’re going to do it, I could do it,” Powell said with a big smile. “So I had to make some plays today because I can’t be left out of the conversation.”

On the seven-on-seven pick, Powell caught a deflection after a perfectly throw pass bounced off the hands of Vannett.

“You know what, Nick has been doing good all camp and it’s been just good to get him,” Powell said. “Every time I go against Nick, it’s personal. That’s like good competition. I know he’s going to give me a good rep, so I always try to give my best and I know he’s going to give me his best.”

PLAYER UPDATES

Two more players were added to the North roster as the result of injuries, wide receivers Geronimo Allison from Illinois and Ed Eagan from Northwestern State in Louisiana.

For historical reference, the earliest a wide receiver from Northwestern State was drafted is the second round, which happened in 1982 when the Dolphins selected Mark Duper.

Eagan met Duper in August when the former Dolphins star visited his alma mater.

“He came and worked the receivers out for a week,” Eagan said. “I talked to him a lot. He’s a great mentor and a lot of knowledge. Great player. ... He showed us a lot of techniques that helped a lot in the game.”

Allison and Eagan were added after Leonte Carroo (ankle) from Rutgers and Tajae Sharpe (quad) from Massachusetts were sidelined by injuries. In addition, Sharpe’s grandfather passed away Wednesday night.

For the South team, South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave was added after both Sheldon Rankins from Louisville (sprained knee) and Quinton Jefferson from Maryland (lower back) were injured. Hargrave took part in the East-West Shrine Game last weekend and was working out in Pensacola when he got the call.

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

Iowa tight end Henry Krieger-Coble made a great double move to beat Boise State safety Darian Thompson one-on-one from the 15-yard line, then made a spectacular one-handed grab in the end zone. It was the second time this week Krieger-Coble made a one-handed catch. ... Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore made a nice high-point catch in the end zone on a fade. ... Notre Dame DT Sheldon Day got around Indiana LT Jason Spriggs and knocked the ball out of the hands of Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel. ... Stanford QB Kevin Hogan threw a perfect low pass to Ohio State WR Braxton Miller for a touchdown from the 5-yard in seven-on-seven work. ... Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison had a great interception in seven-on-seven work when he tipped a pass and caught the deflection. ... Alabama QB Jake Coker connected with SE Missouri wide receiver Paul McRoberts down the middle in team drills. ... Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence beat the offensive tackle and had a would-be sack in team drills. ... Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski caught a long touchdown pass from N.C. State QB Jacoby Brissett in seven-on-sevens. ... Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington easily won his one-on-one matchups against linebackers in a passing drill.

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