ASU/UA Players Shine In 2012 Senior Bowl

The 2012 Senior Bowl is chock full of story lines for Arizona sports fans this year...

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2012 Senior Bowl: North Wins 23-13, Local Players Score TDs

The 2012 Senior Bowl pitted the North All-stars against the South All-stars. Oddly enough Arizona State and University of Arizona were separated, with ASU in the North and U of A in the South. The end result was a 23-13 North victory, but the bigger story was the contribution of the players representing Arizona schools. Of the three touchdowns scored, two of them involved ASU and U of A.

For ASU, receiver Gerell Robinson was on the North squad. He caught two passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.

For the Wildcats, quarterback Nick Foles threw a fourth quarter 20-yard touchdown pass. Who caught it? His Arizona teammate, receiver Juron Criner. Foles was 11/15 for 137 yards a the score. Criner caught six passes for 77 yards and the TD.

With all three players looking right now that they will be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft in April, it was good to see them leave their mark on this final college football game of the season. There is still much to do, but we will likely see all three of these players on NFL rosters come the fall.

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2012 Senior Bowl: Nick Foles Hits Juron Criner For 20-yd TD, North Leads 20-13

In the fourth quarter of the 2012 Senior Bowl, the South All-stars found an Arizona connection. University of Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles found fellow Wildcat receiver Juron Criner connected with him for a 20-yard touchdown pass. It brought the South within one score, making it a 20-13 score.

Foles was seen as having had a disappointing week of practice, but up until that point in the game had passed pretty well. With the touchdown pass, he was 11/15 for 137 yards and a TD, being the team's leading passer.

Criner at that point in the game was the second leading receiver. He had six catches for 77 yards and the score. about Foles:

Foles looks the part of a N.F.L. quarterback, but his offensive system has limited some of his ability to showcase is N.F.L. talent. He throws pretty well on the run (despite not being an extremely athletic quarterback), he can make all the throws placing good touch on the football though like many quarterbacks he'll miss some throws His ball placement, especially in the short passing game is good, but not on the level of a player like Matt Barkley, and really looks clunky in the pocket. Foles is a prospect who could be considered on par with the non-Cameron Newton 2011 quarterbacks by man.

And about Criner:

Criner hasn't had a terrible season, but he's been passed up by players like Kendall Wright, Nick Toon, and he doesn't offer the same kind of upside as a player like Miami Hurricanes Tommy Streeter. The big issue with Criner seems to be whether or not he is mentally capable of handling the N.F.L., and not in terms of intelligence, but his ability to deal and cope with stress (think Brandon Marshall) and his straight line speed. I have absolutely no insight about Criner's mental capacities, that's just the kind of rumors that are out there, if he interviews well and has a nice combine he could go in the second round, if not he'll probably be a mid third round early fourth round guy because he has a lot of ability and he's the kind of player who can make catches in traffic.

Both are hoping to find themselves playing football on Sundays later this year.


2012 Senior Bowl: ASU WR Gerell Robinson Scores To Give North Team 20-6 Lead

Before five minutes passed in the third quarter of the 2012 Senior Bowl, Sun Devils wide receiver Gerell Robinson made a big splash by scoring on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins to give the North team a 20-6 lead.

Robinson leads the North team in receiving with two catches for 63 yards and has one of the team's two touchdowns. The only receiver who has more yards than Robinson in the game is Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Joe Adams, who has 90 yards receiving for the South team.

Robinson caught 77 passes in 2011 for 1,397 yards and seven touchdowns, but despite the solid senior season, Robinson is not listed as one of ESPN's top-50 wide receivers heading into the draft. However says the 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver has almost everything you could ask for from a receiver at the next level.

Robinson has great size (6-4, 225), excellent quickness and good speed. For a bigger receiver prospect he is certainly elusive in the open field when running the football. He has excellent vision and balance and the ability to make people miss and make the big play. Robinson has soft hands and runs good routes. He is the type of receiver that can beat you on the short, intermediate or deep routes.

For more updates on the Arizona State Sun Devils, check out House of Sparky and for updates on the draft, head to Mocking The Draft.


2012 Senior Bowl NFL Scouting: Juron Criner, Nick Foles, Gerell Robinson Look To Improve Draft Stock

The Senior Bowl tends to have plenty of fireworks with players looking to increase their draft stock in front of scouts from every team in the league. With the 2012 NFL Draft right around the corner, you can bet the seniors playing this year will be giving it their all on Saturday afternoon as they look to make a name for themselves with a stung performance. Here are the players to watch for from the state of Arizona.

Juron Criner - Wide Receiver - Arizona Wildcats - South Team

Criner is coming off two incredible seasons in Tucson and has reportedly seen his draft stock go up after a strong week of workouts. Blessed with size -- he clocked in at 6'3 and 215 pounds -- speed and incredible hands, many feel he will go either late in the first round or early in the second. One thing to watch for will be how well he performs against larger cornerbacks; he had a tendency to disappear at times when being guarded by a strong, more physical DB in college.

Nick Foles - Quarterback - Arizona Wildcats - South Team

Foles is currently ranked among the top-five in quarterbacks eligible for the draft, although reports have indicated he has struggled thus far in workouts at the Senior Bowl. Some have questioned his ability to perform well in an offense other than a spread-attack and all eyes will be on the 6'5 signal caller on Saturday. There is no denying that Foles can make all of the throws, but decision making and mobility are not a strong point of his.

Gerell Robinson - Wide Receiver - Arizona St. Sun Devils - North Team

Robinson had a stellar senior season with the Devils and many feel he could play his way into a middle round draft pick if he impresses in workouts and the Senior Bowl. He has the height and size (6'4, 220 pounds) to become a force at the next level, although he lacks the breakaway speed that some scouts are looking for when selecting a receiver. Still, though, Robinson possesses an excellent set of hands and has an excellent work ethic.


2012 Senior Bowl TV Schedule, Start Time, Radio Coverage, Rosters And More

The 2012 Senior Bowl is finally here. For fans, it's a chance to catch a final glimpse of some of the seniors they watched develop over the last few seasons. For the player, they get to showcase their abilities in front of scouts from every team in the NFL and attempt to boost their draft stock. Here is all of the game day coverage to get you prepared for the Senior Bowl:

Start Time: Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. ET, which is 2:00 p.m. in Arizona.

TV Schedule: NFL Network will broadcast the game live on Saturday afternoon. Paul Burmeister will call the game alongside analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis, while Rebecca Haarlow and Heath Evans provide reports from the sidelines.

Radio Coverage: Sirius XM Satellite Radio will air the game on channel 88. Jason Horowitz serves as the play-by-play voice alongside game analysts Tim Ryan, the former Chicago Bears defensive lineman and two-time USC All-American, and Pat Kirwan, a former NFL scout, coach and front office executive. Former NFL quarterback Jim Miller will serve as the sideline reporter. Ryan and Kirwan will host the pre-game show starting at 3:30 pm ET/ 1:30 p.m. MT.

Rosters: Here are the players on the North Team, where ASU's Gerell Robinson is listed. Here are the players for the South Team, which is where you will find your Arizona Wildcats -- Nick Foles and Juron Criner.


2012 Senior Bowl: Cardinals Eyeing OL/LB Talent, Nick Foles, Juron Criner, & Gerell Robinson Looking To Shine

The 2012 Senior Bowl is chock full of story lines for Arizona sports fans this year...

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