Mountain West review of the Senior Bowl

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By: Tylor Sorensen

The 69th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl took place on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Mobile, Alabama. This game is for college football players in their senior year all around the country to showcase their skills one last time and try to impress scouts and coaches before the NFL Combine in March. Played between the North and South teams,the Southern United States went on to beat the North 45-16 on the shoulders of Kyle Lauletta, a quarterback from Richmond who was named the Senior Bowl’s Most Outstanding Player.

Boise State’s star wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was at the senior bowl but had a lackluster performance with one catch for four yards and a fumble. Wilson also had one kickoff return for 16 yards, and he was not targeted as much as he could have been, but his draft grade has remained as a fourth-round draft pick.

“I feel that (WIlson) could go as early as the fourth round but as late as the sixth,” said Tristan Maxwell, sophomore communication major at Boise State. “It really depends on the team he goes to for the impact. I could see him going to Chicago, Buffalo or Indianapolis. A team that really needs help at wide receiver, or they might try to move him to slot, but that’s harder to tell.”

While Cedrick Wilson was at Boise State, he was nominated for the Biletnikoff Award, the Paul Hornung Award and the All-Mountain West Honorable Mention. Wilson won the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll twice and the Academic All-Mountain West once.  

Wyoming’s star quarterback Josh Allen also performed well, getting himself the North MVP, going 9-13 with 158 yards and two touchdowns and five rushes with 25 yards. Allen’s performance was a tale of two halves. In the first half, Allen used his legs and athleticism to get the first downs, while only going two out of five with his accuracy being mediocre at best. In the second half, Allen went seven out of nine, passing with perfect passing accuracy. Allen also had the second highest quarterback rating of the game at 222.1. He finished the Senior Bowl with an 80.9 draft rating.

“It’s a tough situation to come in as a rookie and be expected to be perfect right away,” Allen said on the possibility of being drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny had a very promising day, with nine rushes for 66 yards and one catch for 78 yards and a touchdown. Penny showcased his breakaway speed and his ability to be patient and wait for an opening well. His final draft grade after the Senior Bowl was 78.4.

Michael Gallup, a wide receiver out of Colorado State, also had a very good day, with four catches and 67 yards. Rated number 12 out of 324 wide receivers and projected to be in the third round or at some point on day two of the draft, Gallup was the favorite target on deep passes from Josh Allen.  

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