The Reese’s Senior Bowl. It’s sink or swim.
And for all five Wisconsin Badgers seniors who took part in Saturday’s NCAA finale, it was definitely a swim through warm waters.
Expressions afterwards of Chris Borland, James White, Dez Southward and Jared Abbrederis were all positive.
Even without playing a snap because of a tweeked hamstring in the week leading up, Abbrederis was said to have raised his draft stock considerably, being labled as one of the best pure route runners. He drew a lot of comparisons to former Ohio State product and Miami Dolphins wideout, Brian Hartline.
Borland, who forced a fumble and led the north in tackles with 8, had one tackle for a loss and continued to show why he could be one of the top linebackers to disappear from the draft boards.
Tight end Jacob Pedersen didn’t have a huge day, but his one pass catch went for 46 yards. His ability to stretch the field between the hashes continues to push his stock upwards.
White, who rushed for a game-high 62 yards and the North’s only touchdown, was named the North’s Most Outstanding Player. He also caught five passes out of the backfield, displaying what many draft analysts love about him – versatility and good hands.
Southward, who in an interview after the game expressed his thoughts on his performance, made some noise througout the week with his ability to play the run as well as defend the middle of the field.
“Versatility, that’s what everybody wants,” Southward said. “That’s something, definitely, I can bring to the table.”
ESPN’s Todd McShay followed with his assessment, calling Southward “the most versatile defensive back at the Senior Bowl.”
The South scored a first and second quarter touchdown through the air and added a couple of field goals to take a 20-10 victory.