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NCAA College Football 2016: Banner Day for SEC Passers and Other Notes

Oops, they did it again. SEC quarterbacks leading their team to a win on Saturday. Who heard of such a thing?

Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott got off on the wrong foot in the Senior Bowl, but helped his team when it needed him most. The quarterback’s first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory over the North on Saturday.

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The story on ESPN.com stated Prescott looked better as the game progressed. The south, coached by Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, was a group effort amongst three SEC signal callers.

“I came back the second series and realized that if I wanted to make something happen in this game, this was my only opportunity,” Prescott said. “And it was a two-minute drive. I got the guys going. They rallied behind me, blocked well, made some good catches, and we were able to get in the end zone.”

Prescott wasn’t the only SEC quarterback from the conference’s western division to help in the victory. Both Arkansas’ Brandon Allen and Alabama’s Jake Coker also produced points, but without throwing for scores. Allen looked impressive in throwing for 106 yards in the victory.

The North, not to be outdone, was led by Carson Wentz, the North Dakota State quarterback, who showed scouts in attendance he may be the best quarterback prospect in April’s NFL Draft.

He completed six of 10 passes for 50 yards, and the North didn’t score, but he drew positive reviews during the week.

RENOVATIONS FOR FLORIDA-GEORGIA GAME

While the plans are for improvements for the Jacksonville Jaguars and EverBank Field, the results of changes will benefit the Florida-Georgia game played in Jacksonville.

Chadd Scott of Gridiron Now, wrote a piece for the website about the plans that were unveiled at the Jaguars “State of the Franchise” meeting held on Friday.

“The Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday revealed to the public renderings of what EverBank Field’s renovated club seats and new amphitheater will look like. The amphitheater will be located outside the south end of the stadium and be attached to a space which the team can use as an indoor practice facility.”

There will also be improvements to seating in the stadium, with its club seats getting the majority of the attention.

Scott wrote, “The improvements to the club seats will include the installation of popular premium seating products—club tables and bar rails; distinct theming of each club interior to reflect the demographics and tastes of fans; and upgraded premium padded seats for all club patrons.”

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HAIL MARY, FULL OF CATCH

While the South may have won the Senior Bowl, the play of Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge should not be left without praise. The wide receiver finished his college career by catching a Hail Mary pass in Alabama on Saturday.

According to Mlive.com, Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskell was backpedaling as he launched the high-arcing pass from the 39-yard line in the direction of Burbridge, the 2015 Big Ten Receiver of the Year.

It was one of two catches for a total of 43 yards for Burbridge, whose other catch came on a 14-yard curl in the second quarter.

Burbridge wasn’t the only Spartan to make an impact on scouts and the media in attendance. The Spartans’ Lawrence Thomas was productive at defensive end, making two solo tackles with an assist, a tackle-for-loss and a QB hurry.

Missing from the showcase on Saturday were Connor Cook and Shilique Calhoun. The quarterback and defensive end had Senior Bowl invitations but declined to take part in the event.

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