Nittany Lions Underperform In Senior Bowl Despite Stellar Week Of Practice
After a week of what seemed to be outstanding performances from the four Penn State players at practices for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, their execution was not up to par for the actual game Saturday. With only two of the four players actually playing in the game, here’s how the Nittany Lions fared.
The 6-foot-1 wide receiver was killing it in practice all week.
Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton has been open all day. pic.twitter.com/Q36IArt2I3
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 24, 2018
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFLDraft) January 25, 2018
Unfortunately, his performance in the game was less eye-catching, with only one catch on five targets for five yards. Hamilton had one bad drop in the game and was quiet for most of it, other than the five-yard reception he reeled in. Even though Hamilton didn’t shine in the Senior Bowl, his draft stock still increased with that superb week of practice.
Mike Gesicki balled out in the Senior Bowl compared to his teammates, catching three out of his six targets for 39 yards.
Mike Gesicki TD. pic.twitter.com/H4YOyHNWhD
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 25, 2018
Other than one bad drop as well, Gesicki showed what makes him a solid product for the NFL Draft. His 12-yard catch on fourth and three set up a score for the North team in the third quarter.
Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki stood out today in Day 2 at the #SeniorBowl, but that's no surprise.
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 25, 2018
Marcus Allen didn’t end up playing in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, which was definitely a disappointment to Penn State fans. It wasn’t whether this was from an injury or rather a personal choice for the safety, but Allen opted for a simple “pass” on Friday when asked about his health.
Mel Kiper Jr. said he has Marcus Allen as the 10th best safety in this class. "Maybe a 5th or 6th-round pick for him." He also gave LB Jason Cabinda a "5th or 6th-round grade."
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) January 18, 2018
Campbell was another Nittany Lion who ended up sitting the contest out, but Campbell announced his decision on Twitter before game time. The corner was on lockdown all week at practice, but was dealing with back issues. His draft stock didn’t lose much from not playing, and there are even rumblings of Campbell going as a top-40 pick.
#PennState CB Christian Campbell really impressed this year. And at 6005 (nearly 6'1) and with 80 inch wingspan, there's a real chance he rises into the Top-40 picks.
— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) January 23, 2018
Nebraska QB Tanner Lee serves up a rainbow ball and Penn State CB Christian Campbell picks it off pic.twitter.com/dSkEYW3Tas
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) January 24, 2018