MOBILE, Ala. — Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond was the Senior Bowl Most Useful Participant however two fellow Southeastern Convention Western Division merchandise made the decisive massive play.
Arkansas’ Feleipe Franks threw a 21-yard landing cross to Mississippi tight finish Kenny Yeboah within the fourth quarter to assist seal the Nationwide workforce’s 27- 24 victory over the American workforce Saturday.
Franks, a graduate switch from Florida, arrange the all-SEC West scoring reference to a 29-yard completion to Louisville’s Dez Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had six catches for 90 yards within the showcase sport for senior and graduate NFL prospects, incomes offensive participant of the sport honors.
Mond was the MVP with an enormous third quarter when he handed for 141 of his 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns after a gradual begin.
“It was an important feeling whether or not it was a easy drop again or making an insane play,” the previous Aggies standout mentioned. “All the things was form of rolling my method. Clearly, form of shaky at first nevertheless it positively exhibits a variety of poise to have the ability to bounce again.”
North Carolina working again Michael Carter additionally had a giant sport. Carter scored on a pile-driving 12-yard run late within the third quarter to assist the Nationwide retake the lead after a Mond-led comeback.
Jamie Newman accomplished a 10-yard landing cross to Trevon Grimes with 49 seconds left for the American workforce after Franks and Yeboah made it a two-score sport. The previous Wake Forest quarterback, who transferred to Georgia however opted out earlier than the season, set it up with a 35-yard completion to Bowling Inexperienced tight finish Quintin Morris.
Tulane defensive lineman Cam Pattern was the defensive participant of the sport. Pattern had seven tackles and a share of a sack in a sport mixing gamers from Group of 5, small school and Energy 5 groups.
“We don’t play the Alabama’s or Ohio State’s each week however we’re at all times hungry,” he mentioned.
The sport was performed for the primary time at South Alabama’s new Hancock Whitney Stadium, with Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores main the Nationwide workforce and Carolina’s Matt Rhule teaching the American workforce. It additionally switched from the standard North versus South format.
Fitzpatrick delivered in a short-handed group of receivers.
“We have been a bit bit low on receivers,” Flores mentioned. “A few guys went out. Availability is essential and he was accessible and in a position to capitalize on his alternatives.
Franks accomplished 9 of 16 passes for 122 yards. Carter averaged 8.0 yards per carry in his remaining season with the Tar Heels, and wasn’t far off within the all-star sport.
He gained 60 yards on eight carries and had two catches for 15 yards.
Mond, Texas A&M’s profession passing chief, delivered a pair of landing passes within the third quarter to assist erase a 13-0 halftime deficit. Mond even transformed one two-point play with a run and the opposite with a cross, following touchdowns of 15 yards to Clemson’s Amari Rodgers and 14 yards to Tennessee’s Josh Palmer.
Newman competed 10 of 14 passes for 118 yards with a landing and interception. They have been working behind an offensive line with solely six accessible blockers a lot of the sport.
“I believed once they had time they did a pleasant job,” Rhule mentioned. “They made some performs beneath duress, made some massive throws. Jamie took us down and scored on the finish.
“I don’t assume you may actually consider guys an excessive amount of based mostly upon a sport with that many accidents. I believe it is advisable take a look at the totality of the week, and I believed the blokes have been sensible, they’re good soccer gamers and this was an important step for them.”
The American workforce was with out two of nationwide champion Alabama’s greatest offensive weapons. Quarterback Mac Jones dressed out and went by warmups however didn’t play after injuring his left ankle in Thursday’s remaining apply.
“My ankle was nonetheless stinging a bit bit,” Jones, who’s a possible first-round choose, mentioned on NFL Community. “I didn’t wish to take any massive dangers.”
Tailback Najee Harris withdrew from the sport after working towards Tuesday and Wednesday due to a lingering ankle harm from the nationwide title sport earlier in January.
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