The state of Michigan had 11 players on the Senior Bowl rosters for Saturday’s game — including Michigan running back Chris Evans and Western Michigan do-it-all wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge — though few were among the standouts in Mobile, Alabama. Here’s a look at some players who impressed with their performances for the American (coached by the Carolina Panthers staff) and National (coached by the Miami Dolphins staff) squads:
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American quarterback Kellen Mond of Texas A&M (12) throws as National defensive lineman Rashad Weaver of Pittsburgh (17) pressures him in the second half of the 2021 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY SportsThe QBs
This is less about Michigan players and more about the Lions’ draft plans; none of the top-level quarterbacks played in this one – Alabama’s Mac Jones and Florida’s Kyle Trask were listed on the roster but picked up DNPs – but if the Lions are looking at the second tier (perhaps for Day 3), Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond and Arkansas’ (by way of Florida) Feleipe Franks looked sharp. Mond was named the game’s MVP after completing 13 of 25 passes for 173 yards and two TDs. That included a zinger of a TD pass in the middle of the third quarter for the American squad. On the National side of things, Franks completed nine of 16 attempts for 122 yards and a touchdown.
WR Desmond Fitzpatrick
The Waterford Mott grad, who caught 43 passes for 833 yards at Louisville in 2020, led all receivers with six catches for 90 yards while playing for the National squad. His highlight was a 29-yard catch in which he leapt over a corner to get his hands on the ball, then tight-roped the sideline to gain yards after the grab. Fitzpatrick also showed an NFL-level grasp of space with a sharp toe-drag early in the first quarter.
National Team wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick of Louisville (13) stiff arms American Team wide receiver Trevon Grimes of Florida (8) during the second half of the NCAA college football Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.
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FB Ben Mason
Mason, who did a little bit of everything at Michigan, didn’t show up on the stat sheet Saturday. He did, however, deliver a crushing block of a linebacker with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, drawing praise from NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah. (Mason started the game on the defensive line, so extra credit for versatility.)
DL Daelin Hayes
The Ann Arbor Skyline product (and Belleville native) had three sacks and six tackles-for-loss in 2020 for Notre Dame. He impressed again in the second quarter Saturday, speeding around the edge to sack quarterback Jamie Newman with about three minutes left before the half.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: 2021 Senior Bowl: Michigan football’s Ben Mason delivers a big block
Published: 2021-01-31 00:25:47
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