Chaney wins Senior Bowl defensive honor

February, 1, 2010
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Despite Tim Tebow's struggles, the news wasn't all bad for former SEC players at the Senior Bowl.

Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney had a game-high eight tackles in the game and also recovered a fumble on his way to being name the South team's Defensive Player of the Game.

Alabama tight end Colin Peek caught a 19-yard touchdown pass for the South, while Alabama kicker Leigh Kiffin made both of his field goal attemts from 43 and 33 yards.

Florida receiver Riley Cooper caught two passes for 37 yards and helped his stock all week with his route-running and ability to catch the ball in traffic. Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster didn't have a big game and lost a fumble, but he was one of the most explosive players during the practices and demonstrated time and time again how dangerous he is in space.

Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams also had a big week and walked away with a "B+" grade from Todd McShay of ESPN's Scouts Inc. McShay said Williams clearly separated himself from Alabama's Terrence Cody as the best two-gap defensive tackle in this year's draft.

McShay wrote: "Williams had such a strong overall week that he is solidly in the late-first round area. He is the prototypical two-gap player and will be capable of playing in the NFL in either a 4-3 system in which he protects the linebackers or in a 3-4 scheme in which he lines up at nose tackle."

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