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Senior Bowl rewind

2/1/2010

Unfortunately for the ACC, there wasn't much to talk about in this year's Senior Bowl. Former Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford played the most integral role and finished second on the North team in all-purpose yards with 59.

The good news for the ACC? Some of the conference's best players were juniors in 2009. Had it been the Georgia Tech/North Carolina Junior Bowl, this game might have been a different story. But without players like C.J. Spiller, Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan, Ryan Williams, etc., this game didn't paint a fair picture of what the ACC had to offer in 2009 talent-wise. Not that there weren't some talented seniors. According to Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret, Spiller was invited but chose to heal the turf toe that had been nagging him all season.

The final stats:

  • Ford had one run for 6 yards, one catch for 7 yards and two punt returns for 46 yards.

  • Virginia fullback Rashawn Jackson had one carry for 1 yard, and one catch for 9 yards.

  • Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson was second with six tackles and one pass breakup.

  • FSU linebacker Dekoda Watson had three tackles.

  • Miami linebacker Darryl Sharpton had three tackles.

  • Former FSU safety Myron Rolle had three tackles.

  • Maryland safety Terrell Skinner had three tackles.

  • Virginia cornerback Chris Cook had two tackles.

  • Maryland fullback Cory Jackson had two tackles.

  • UNC defensive tackle Cam Thomas had one sack for a loss of 7 yards.

  • Wake Forest cornerback Brandon Ghee had one tackle.

The best story to come out of the Senior Bowl for the ACC was that of Rolle. Following the week of practice, ESPN's Todd McShay gave Rolle a final grade of an A-minus and wrote that Rolle could be a third-round draft pick. That's impressive, considering Rolle spent the past year in Oxford studying as a Rhodes Scholar. He proved -- once again -- that being a standout athlete and student don't have to be exclusive of each other, and for that, the ACC couldn't have asked for a better representative in this year's Senior Bowl.