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Spears, Brown have strong weeks

Originally Published: January 27, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Here's some observations on Wednesday's Senior Bowl practices:

North practice notes
Norv Turner and the North team started off the practice lining up Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes against Iowa DE Matt Roth in a one-on-one battle. Roth whipped Barnes on the first play, but then Barnes got the best of Roth on the next play. Call it a push. I ran into Roth at a restaurant Wednesday night and asked him about the offensive linemen on the North. Roth said Barnes was the best of the bunch. That's high praise coming from the best defensive player at this year's Senior Bowl.

UConn quarterback Dan Orlovsky made some nice throws on Wednesday, but often followed up a good toss with an awful one. He bounced some short and overthrew some other passes. While he looks good when he sets his feet and has proper mechanics, that has not been the norm for him. Orlovsky's inconsistency has hurt him this week.

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