2010 Senior Bowl uneventful for Tebow, Cooper

By Adam Silverstein
January 30, 2010

Coverage of practices for the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl this week focused squarely on former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. However, as expected, the game itself was lackluster for both Tebow and wide receiver Riley Cooper.

The Miami Dolphins coaching staff including head coach Tony Sparano and quarterbacks coach David Lee coached Tebow up all week but only left him in the game for two series in the first half before benching him. They would allow him to re-enter for a few series with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Tebow went three-for-six for 23 yards passing along with one rush for three yards in his first appearance. His second time in the huddle, Tebow completed five-of-six for 27 yards with a seven-yard rush; however, he did fumble the ball on a nice strip by the North. Three of his four incompletions resulted from dropped receptions.

Cooper, on the other hand, saw action the entire first half but only registered two catches for 36 yards. His most impressive was on a 25-yard crossing route before halftime.

For all of the criticism surrounding Tebow this week, he was flawless from under center and made some “NFL throws” including a touch pass and cross-body screen passes.

“During the week I feel I got a lot better and worked on a lot of things,” Tebow said. “The stuff that people know I can do, I didn’t have to come out there and do that. I just came out here and worked on the things I needed to, and I enjoyed it. I feel like I improved every day. I came out here with a purpose, to get better, and I feel like I did that.”

The North team defeated the South 31-13. North QB Dan LeFevour led the way with 97 yards and two touchdowns (one rush) while WR Mardy Gilyard complied 102 yards and a TD on five receptions.

Next up for the duo (along and other former Gators) are preparation workouts and tests for the 2010 NFL Combine which will be held for six days from Feb. 27 to March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance including head coaches, general managers and scouts look on and evaluate each of them. OGGOA will feature full coverage throughout the event.

5 Comments

  1. liveoak87 says:

    the souths O line is horrible, not giving tebow any time at all. and those reciever drops dont help either.

  2. cooklyn says:

    South O-Line did NOTHING to help.

  3. Wingtee says:

    Give the north d line credit

  4. Wingtee says:

    Stop with the excses for Tim, he dose not want them

  5. The bad O-line play was a legitimate issue. But this game was meaningless.

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