Jan. 24, 2014
Former Auburn kicker Cody Parkey has had a big week at the Senior Bowl (Anthony Hall photo)
By Phillip Marshall
MOBILE, Ala. – Former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford and former Tiger kicker Cody Parkey have already earned some Senior Bowl hardware.
After five days of practice, Ford was named the most outstanding defensive lineman and Parkey was named the most outstanding specialist. Defensive back Chris Davis and fullback Jay Prosch also got high marks, though neither won an individual award.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the most outstanding all-around player.
Ford said the practices, which is where players have the most opportunity to impress NFL scouts and coaches, were a unique experience.
“It was fun, but it’s a business trip for me,” Ford said. “It’s real different when you have all kinds of scouts out there with their eyes on you. You are just doing everything you can to impress the scouts.”
Parkey said there has been no time for rest, even after a 14-game senior season.
“I had to start working on kicking NFL balls, which are a little different,” Parkey said. “I feel like I’m kicking well.”
The 65th Senior Bowl kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Here are the position winners:
Most Outstanding Player: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Dee Ford, Auburn
Most Outstanding Defensive Back: Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
Most Outstanding Running Back: Charles Sims, West Virginia.
Most Outstanding Receiver: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Zach Martin, Notre Dame
Most Outstanding Linebacker: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Most Outstanding Specialist: Cody Parkey, Auburn
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: