If you're a Buffalo Bills fan and were watching the 2013 Senior Bowl on Saturday in the hopes of being inspired by the play of a well-known quarterback prospect, you likely wake up this morning sorely disappointed.
All six quarterbacks that participated - Zac Dysert (Miami, OH), Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), E.J. Manuel (Florida State), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) - struggled to one degree or another as the South beat the North, 21-16.
Manuel was named the game's most outstanding player, completing 7-of-10 passes for 71 yards with two touchdowns (one rushing, the other a gorgeous pass to Alabama tight end Michael Williams), but also an interception and a handful of head-scratching throws. His was the only moderately successful day.
Wilson completed 8-of-11 passes, but many of them were check-downs, and he only gained 40 yards on those throws. He also badly underthrew an open deep ball that should have been intercepted. Jones couldn't find any sort of rhythm, completing just 3-of-9 passes for 16 yards. Dysert threw a touchdown pass, but also had several bad throws in completing 10-of-16 for 93 yards with a pick. Glennon made several outstanding throws, but also had some terrible ones; he finished 8-of-16 for 82 yards.
Nassib, the man that has been repeatedly linked to Buffalo from the moment that the team hired Doug Marrone as its head coach, had arguably the worst day of the bunch. He completed 4-of-10 passes for 44 yards, threw a bad interception on a forced ball down the seam, and displayed the accuracy and touch issues that have plagued him throughout his college career.
While the quarterbacks struggled, however, several defenders stood out. The two best players in the game were pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah (BYU) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (Purdue). Ansah was all over the field, recording 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Short had three tackles (one for a loss) and was routinely unblockable, generating pressure on South quarterbacks throughout the afternoon.
If you watched the Senior Bowl, which prospect impressed you the most?