The 60th edition of the Senior Bowl was held on Saturday. A few intrepid Birddogs made the trip to Mobile, Alabama to see Eric Kettani wrap up his college career in the only college all-star game sponsored by the NFL.
Eric didn’t get into the game much at first, as the North squad used a lot of one-back, 3 WR sets. He got more frequent snaps as the game wore on, though, as well as playing special teams on both punts and kickoffs. I thought that he played very well. Eric scored on his only carry of the day, a one-yard TD plunge in the 4th quarter. He threw a couple of key blocks both on kickoff returns and running plays, including Jeremiah Johnson’s 16-yard run that set up the North’s first touchdown in the second quarter. He certainly didn’t miss any blocks he was supposed to make, and he even got in on a tackle on one return. Some pictures:
Eric waiting to be introduced before the game, along with Central Arkansas’ Nathan Brown, Syracuse fullback Tony Fiammetta, and Cedric Peerman from Virginia.
Eric on the kickoff return team.
The pre-game hoopla involed the multi-color pastels of the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids, who I know nothing about. I saw them in the Tournament of Roses parade, though.
It was a pretty packed house; the other half of the stadium was just as full as this one. The Senior Bowl certainly appears to be doing better than most other college all-star games. Ladd-Peebles is a bit of a wreck, though. How can a stadium so small be so hard to get around in?
Eric lined up in the offset I-formation.
On the sideline.
Alabama’s band was brought in for the occasion.
Eric on kickoff coverage.
A bad picture of a good block.
A dream backfield: Eric lined up with one of my favorite non-Navy players, Oregon’s Jeremiah Johnson.
Eric heading to the locker room.
Obligatory band picture for the wife…
Obligatory Redskins cheerleaders picture for the rest of us.
Graham Harrell supposedly had a bad week of practice. If that’s true, the game didn’t go any better for him.
Huddling up. We sat in this endzone. The North team drove down inside the 5 towards this end zone at the end of the third quarter, but moved to the other one to start the fourth, putting Kettani’s TD run on the other end of the field. Bummer.
Eric on the punt return unit.
All in all, a good game. Eric shook hands with us afterwards & thanked us for coming. I didn’t see any other Navy fans there outside of our little group, but I’m sure someone had to have driven up from Pensacola.