October 24, 2017
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East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones shined in Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and surely boosted his draft stock with some incredible catches. USA TODAY Sports/ Glenn Andrews

Zay Jones, Davis Webb, Lorenzo Jerome Shine In Senior Bowl

The South All-Stars came out on top 16-15 in Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and were led by California quarterback Davis Webb, who took home MVP honors.

Webb completed 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards and threw his team’s only touchdown pass of the day to Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds. The Aggies 6-foot-3, 187-pound receiver led the South All-Stars receiving corps with six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown, but it was North All-Stars wide receiver Zay Jones who stole the show at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Saturday.

East Carolina’s 6-foot-2, 202-pound receiver reeled in an incredible catch near the end of the first quarter, but officials ruled that he was unable to get his second foot down in before going out of bounds. It would be the second touchdown Jones would have negated in the first half, as the Pirates back-to-back 1,000-yard receiver had a 43-yard touchdown reception called back due to a holding penalty on an offensive lineman.

While Jones’ two touchdown catches didn’t count for any points, they surely displayed to NFL evaluators his range as a wide receiver at the next level. East Carolina’s star receiver finished the Senior Bowl with a North team-high six receptions for 68 yards and found the end zone late with a six-yard touchdown reception from Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman.

Jones’ touchdown reception put the North All-Stars within one point of the South All-Stars, but BYU linebacker Harvey Langi intercepted Peterman on the two-point conversion to seal a victory for the South. The North All-Stars came up short as a team on Saturday, but plenty of players shined for Chicago Bears head coach John Fox’s squad, including FCS standout safety Lorenzo Jerome.

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound safety out of Saint Francis recorded three tackles, two interceptions, one tackle for a loss, and two forced fumbles. Jerome picked off South quarterback Antonio Pipkin with less than eight minutes left in the game, giving the North-All Stars a chance to tie or take the lead.

Jerome and Temple linebacker Haason Reddick led the way for the North defense, while Jordan Willis was named the South All-Stars most outstanding player. Kansas State’s 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end created havoc behind the line-of-scrimmage, recording two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Jerome, Jones, and Willis were three players that surely boosted their draft stock with their play on Saturday, but running backs Kareem Hunt and Matthew Dayes surely left enough on tape to intrigue NFL teams.

Toledo’s running back, Hunt, led the North All-Stars and all running backs on the day with 15 carries for 118 yards, including a 43-yard run. On the other side, North Carolina State’s running back, Dayes, averaged a whopping 9.4 yards per carry and scored the South’s only rushing touchdown of the day.

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