Monday, January 28, 2013
EJ Manuel stars in Senior Bowl
By Heather Dinich
What a great finish for former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel's collegiate career.
Less than a month after helping lead his team to a Discover Orange Bowl win against Northern Illinois, Manuel was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Senior Bowl. Manuel passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South's first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North on Saturday. He completed 7-of-10 passes for 76 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Former Miami running back Mike James, a late addition to the roster, also made an impact in the game, scoring a touchdown on a five-yard run with 2:41 left in the game. He also had three catches for 11 yards, and six carries for 10 yards. Former Duke receiver Conner Vernon led the South team with four receptions, and finished with 36 yards.
Defensively, former FSU linebacker Vince Williams had a big day, picking up where he left off in the Senior Bowl practices . Williams was second on the South team with six tackles (four solo). Teammate Everett Dawkins had four tackles and was credited with .5 sack.
A few other stats of note:
- Former Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanon had two catches for six yards.
- For the North team, former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon completed 8-of-16 passes for 82 yards.
- Former FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins had his lone field goal, a 52-yard attempt in the second quarter, blocked.
- Hopkins' four kickoffs averaged 63.2 yards and he had two touchbacks.
- Former UNC defensive tackle Sylvester Williams had two tackles.
- Former UNC linebacker Kevin Reddick had two tackles.