Alabama makes an impression at 2022 Senior Bowl

Alabama Football

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Jeremy Bryant

The Reese’s Senior Bowl passed with a couple of the biggest impact players from this year’s national championship runner-up team making their presence known. The 73rd edition of the senior bowl was played in Mobile Feb. 5 with the National team taking the 20-10 victory over the American team.

Brian Robinson Jr. and Phidarian Mathis both played for the American team, but were used sparingly. Both players saw themselves voted into the starting group by the coaches. Robinson was able to get some early work in the first half, with five carries for 15 yards. He was only given one more touch in the second-half to settle at 18 yards on the day. Mathis was used in his natural defensive tackle position for most of the game finishing with one tackle.

Robinson boosted his draft stock throughout the week with great execution in drills in practice. His flashes of brilliance were not only noticed by the coaches, he was voted top running back of the week for the American team. The award was voted on by the linebackers and defensive secondary group.

Robinson made sure to show all his physical tools that made him a fan-favorite for the Crimson Tide. One rep in particular even made Detroit Lions running backs coach Duce Staley explode with excitement. Some of the most crucial plays do not show up on the stat sheet, and Robinson gave every scout a glimpse of what that really means in pass-protection drills. He man-handled the former Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall for what may be the highlight of the entire week.

Mathis was not able to show much in Saturday’s game, but he did his best to not go unnoticed in practice. Mathis had a solid showing throughout the week, putting his power and quickness on display. Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy only had great things to say about Mathis.

“He’s big, he’s long, he’s got prototype size. He’s got upfield explosion. He can really collapse the pocket. When he gets around the quarterback, he can finish. A player we really like,” said Nagy.

Both players are expected to get an invite to the NFL Combine happening this spring for another chance to boost their draft stock in a series of drills with all 32 teams in attendance next month. They will also get the chance to participate at the University of Alabama’s Pro Day when there is a set date as the 2022 NFL Draft draws closer.

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