Good morning Coug fans. If you thought the only football games left on the calendar were the Pro Bowl (meh) or the Super Bowl (hell yes), you clearly forgot today’s Senior Bowl, which will feature Gardner Minshew II and projected first round draft pick Andre Dillard playing for the South.
You can watch the game starting at 11:30 a.m. PST on the NFL Network.
Dillard has garnered praise all week and even spent some time playing at right tackle, a position he hadn’t played since his first year in Mike Leach’s program. Minshew is one of four quarterbacks on the South squad. He’ll compete with (against?) Will Grier of West Virginia, Jarrett Stidham of Auburn, and Tyree Jackson of Buffalo. Dillard is one of three tackles so expect to see him quite a bit.
It’s often been said that the Senior Bowl practices are a more important job interview for the players than the actual game, so don’t fret if Minshew doesn’t look so good, or if Dillard gets beat a time or two (he won’t, of course).
Also, the gameplay is bound by some rules to make things real simple. For instance, you won’t see anybody go in motion. You also won’t see any trips formations, and a tight end will be in on every play.
Minshew: Who’s that guy?
Coach: He’s the tight end.
Minshew: The what?
Coach: THE TIGHT END!
The defenses will also only rush four guys, so no blitzes. There are other rules, but those are the ones that stood out to me.
Minshew and Dillard have spent all week trying to impress NFL scouts, and it all wraps up today. Good luck to both. Go South!
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