LIONS INSIDER

Jim Schwartz's South Team squad wins Senior Bowl 21-16

Posted Jan 26, 2013

DE Ezekial "Ziggy" Ansah, CB Robert Alford among Tim Twentyman's standout performers.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said early in the week that the Senior Bowl was about showcasing some of the top senior talent available in April's draft and wasn't about the playbook or scheme.

Schwartz wanted to put players in a position to make plays and impress NFL front office personnel.

The Schwartz-led South team outperformed the North squad the whole night and finished with 21-16 victory.

Like most All-Star games, the play was mostly inconsistent – especially from the quarterbacks – but there were some good performances.

Here are five players who stood out in Saturday's game:

Ezekial "Ziggy" Ansah, DE, BYU:

He was the most impressive player in the game showing a variety of skills, especially his speed. The former 100- and 200-yard sprinter at BYU ran down former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson on a reverse. He also added a sack-strip in the third quarter and caused a number of other hurried throws by North quarterbacks.

Ansah has only been playing football since 2010, so he's only going to get better.

Kawann ShortKawann Short, DT, Purdue:

The Purdue product was nearly unblockable the entire game. It wasn't much different through the course of the week at practice, either. He had 48 tackles for loss in his career at Purdue and spent most of Saturday's game in the South team's backfield. He's got a great burst for a man 6-foot-3, 310 pounds and has good hands to boot.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas:

A long jumper who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Goodwin had five catches and a couple of nice punt returns in the game. He's proven all week that he's not just a sprinter playing football, but a football player who's also a sprinter. Cornerbacks were giving him a 15-yard cushion at times Saturday.

Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana:

He opened the game with a 95-yard kickoff return that set up the game's first touchdown. He was also terrific in coverage, getting his hands on passes in both the first and second halves.

He also recorded an interception on a two-point attempt late in the game. He played well all week and certainly improved his stock. He's had nine interceptions over the last two years at SE Louisiana.

E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State:

Manuel showed some elusiveness in the backfield and led the South team on all three of their scoring drives. He opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown and gave the South a 14-0 lead with a terrifically thrown football to the outside shoulder of tight end Michael Williams (Alabama) on a flag route in the end zone for a touchdown.

He was named the game's most valuable player completing 7-of-10 passes for 76 yards with a touchdown, interception and rushing touchdown.

Note: Denard Robinson had a so-so game. He had two receptions, one run for minus-two yards. He dropped a kickoff and was forced to down the ball in the end zone.