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Carr, Ford lead South to Senior Bowl win
Derek Carr (John David Mercer/USA TODAY)
The Associated Press
Posted Jan 26, 2014
QB Derek Carr provided some quick offense and DE Dee Ford provided the pressure on defense at the Senior Bowl, capping their strong week of practice.
prefers to keep things simple: Play hard and fast, and let others worry about his NFL draft stock.
That approach certainly worked at the Senior Bowl.
defensive end had two first-half sacks, and
each threw a touchdown pass in the South’s 20-10 victory over the North on Saturday.
Ford, who earned positive reviews from observers during the week, quickly dismissed a reporter’s suggestion that he made some money in the draft with his performance.
“I don’t do this for cash,” said Ford, selected the game’s MVP. “I do this for pride. I do this because I really, really want to be great. The money will come. I’m just all about perfecting what I do.
“I’ve still got a lot of work. I’ve got the combine and pro day. My life doesn’t stop here. I’ve got to be consistent.”
The showcase game for top senior NFL prospects was mostly dominated by the defenses. The South racked up five sacks of
and intercepted three North passes. Princeton’s
also had two sacks.
“Just talking to the linemen, they said these guys are kind of quick coming off the ball,”
of the North said. “You’ve got to go out there and try to help those guys out.”
caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales of
San Jose State
and received the South’s Most Outstanding Player honors.
scored on a 1-yard run with 6:04 left for the North’s only touchdown. He was selected the North’s MOP after rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries and making five catches for 15 yards.
“I wanted to come out here and prove that I could do it all as a running back: Pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield, run inside and run outside,” White said. “I think I did it pretty well this week.”
Ford, meanwhile, couldn’t quite do it all: He batted down a pass in the backfield deep in North territory that would have been a sure touchdown if he’d held onto it.
“I could have had a TD,” said Ford, who still celebrated the play with a little dance. “I couldn’t find the ball. That’s stuff I need to work on.”
briefly interrupted an interview to hand Ford a football.
“Game ball, baby,” Matthews told him. “I got that for you.”
Offensively, it looked just like what it was: an all-star game with players trying to get in sync with only a few days of practice.
The quarterbacks who made the fewest mistakes won the day as the South built a 20-3 lead.
’s Carr started fast with three straight completions on the South’s opening drive. He capped the march with a 17-yard touchdown pass to
and finished 7 of 12 for 45 yards.
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