Alabama Players Shine in the 2014 Senior Bowl
So much was made about the players that skipped the 2014, but the Alabama players that played on Saturday made the most of the opportunity.
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, and punter Cody Mandell all participated in the annual game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile to showcase their talents to NFL scouts. Defensive end Ed Stinson was also invited to play in the game, but due to an injury was unable to play.
The game concluded with a 20-10 victory for the South Team and Kevin Norwood brought home the Most Outstanding Player award. Norwood finished with 4 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. Phil Savage, executive director for the Senior Bowl, spoke highly of Kevin Norwood earlier this week on the Houston and Huber Show.
“On the field he’s not the biggest, he’s not the fastest, he’s not the strongest, he’s not a lot of things, but all he does is make a play almost every practice and every game. That goes back over his career at Alabama. It seems as if every practice I went to or every game that Eli (Gold) and I have called Kevin Norwood would make a play that seemed to either spark Alabama’s offense, cap off a big drive. or score a critical touchdown. He’s really done the same thing here. You’re looking at all these other wide receivers and there goes Kevin Norwood elevating for the football.”
Norwood was not the only former Tide player to play well in the Senior Bowl. Cody Mandell took care of punting duties for the South team. Mandell finished with 6 punts averaging 45.2 yards per punt with a long of 60 yards late in the second quarter.
Although Adrian Hubbard did not see quite as much playing time, the 6’6″ linebacker still finished with three solo tackles and six total tackles which allowed him to finish tied with Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp and Florida State linebacker Christian Jones for most total tackles on the South team.
The strong performances by these former Alabama players should help improve their draft stock. A record breaking 98 underclassmen declared for this year’s NFL Draft so this Senior Bowl was of the upmost importance to the players who participated in the game.