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Mixed QB fortunes at showcase

Associated Press
Published January 29, 2006


MOBILE, Ala. - Charlie Whitehurst and Michael Robinson flashed different skills for the NFL scouts.

Jay Cutler just hopes he convinced them that he belongs among the nation's elite quarterbacks despite an uneven performance Saturday in the North's 31-14 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl.

The Vanderbilt star was trying to catch Southern California's Matt Leinart and Texas' Vince Young, two All-Americans who didn't play in the showcase game for top senior prospects.

"I belong in the same group with Leinart and Vince Young, up at the top," Cutler said when asked what he proved during the week's practices. "I think there's a lot of speculation if I can play at the next level with those guys."

Robinson displayed the running ability that could bode well for a possible position move coming out of Penn State. He led two touchdown drives with his running and gained 63 yards on nine carries despite a sack. Whitehurst, the North's offensive MVP, directed a seamless drive after Cutler was ineffective on the first two series. The Clemson quarterback was perfect on five attempts for 66 yards, lofting a 15-yard score to Colorado tight end Joe Klopfenstein.

Nebraska's Daniel Bullocks recovered two muffed punts, grabbing one in the end zone for a score.

It was a mostly quiet day for two top offensive prospects, Cutler and Memphis tailback DeAngelo Williams. Cutler was 6-of-19 for 69 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Williams played sparingly with three carries for 31 yards, but took a screen pass 28 yards in the fourth quarter and was the South's offensive MVP.

The overall MVP was Miami receiver Sinorice Moss of the South, who had three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown plus a 27-yard run on a reverse.

South Florida running back Andre Hall, a Dixie Hollins High graduate, had one yard on two carries for the South.

Other sports

TRACK AND FIELD: Ashlee Kidd of St. Petersburg won the 400 meters in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 53.89 seconds and was third in the 200 for Georgia Tech at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. ... Kayne DaKoski of Palm Harbor finished fifth for Florida in the Clemson (S.C.) Heptathlon Championships.

SWIMMING: The FSU men lost to defending national champion Auburn, 143.5-94.5, and the Seminole women defeated Arkansas 180-56 and lost to Auburn 142-90. Alex Tilbrook of largo was second in men's diving. ... UF swept Tennessee, with the women winning 129-114 and the men 123-113.

TENNIS: The UF women defeated host Furman 7-0, earning straight-set victories in all six singles matches. ... South Florida's men won four of five singles matches against Florida A&M in the USF Invitational. ... The USF women opened their season with a 6-1 victory over visiting Stetson. Gabriela Duch won 6-0, 6-0 and Neyssa Etienne, Courtney Vernon and Liz Cruz were straight-set winners.