Inside The Bills

D-line could be headliner

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2011 – 12:05 pm

With the South Team’s defensive tackles standing out the most this week and the North Team’s defensive ends flashing the most, today’s Senior Bowl could see a lot of plays being made in the trenches.

The most interesting matchup figures to be the North’s running backs against the South’s interior defenders. Clemson’s Jarvis Jenkins and Baylor’s Phil Taylor have become fast friends inside.

“We established a relationship and held each other accountable and we’re trusting each other and pushing the pocket to make it easier for these ends and these linebackers,” said Jenkins. “That’s what me and Phil (Taylor) are doing.”

Inside run plays have gone nowhere for the South squad in practices all week, but the North squad arguably has the better talent at running back with Nebraska’s Roy Helu Jr., Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter and Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray leading the group. Add in a solid lead blocker in Stanford’s Owen Marecic and there could be some entertaining collisions up front in this one.

For the South team’s offensive line they’re going to be supremely challenged on the edges by the likes of Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, Cal’s Cameron Jordan, Oklahoma’s Jeremy Beal and Iowa’s Christian Ballard. Kerrigan is the only true up the field guy. The other three are all power and strength. The South’s offensive linemen should be happy that there is no blitzing allowed in this game. They’ll have their hands full with just the ends.


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