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Senior Bowl Announces Practice Awards, Shares Analytics

MOBILE, Ala. — The Reese's Senior Bowl staff announced that Alabama tight end O.J. Howard had the best overall practices of any player this week in preparing for Saturday's game.

The staff of the Senior Bowl, led by Executive Director Phil Savage, announced Howard's recognition and listed several other players who stood out to them at individual positions.

Here is the list:

QB—Davis Webb, Cal

RB—Jamaal Williams, BYU

WR/TE—Cooper Kupp (receiver), Eastern Washington

OL—Dion Dawkins (guard), Temple

DL—Dalvin Tomlinson (defensive tackle), Alabama

LB—Haason Reddick, Temple

DB—Rasul Douglas (cornerback), West Virginia

ST—Jake Elliott (kicker), Memphis

Savage and Director of Publications and Digital Media Rob Lehocky noted that Douglas had root canals on Tuesday and Thursday but did not miss practices.

While those practice awards were determined through some time-tested assessments, technology continued to make its mark on analytics.

Players were tracked by Catapult Sports, which gathered information like maximum velocity, explosive movements and workload for every position group.

The full report from Tuesday's practice is available here, but velocity and explosive movement results gathered by Catapult Sports on running backs and receivers are posted below:

Running backs

Maximum velocity

  1. Matt Dayes, N.C. State, 18.9 mph
  1. Corey Clement, Wisconsin, 18.5
  1. Kareem Hunt, Toledo, 18.5
  1. Freddie Stevenson, Florida State, 18.3
  1. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, 17.7

Explosive movements

  1. Sam Rogers (FB), Virginia Tech, 40
  1. Kareem Hunt, Toledo, 26
  1. Freddie Stevenson, Florida State, 21
  1. Corey Clement, Wisconsin, 21
  1. Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, 16


Maximum velocity

  1. Chad Williams, Grambling, 20.8
  1. Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky, 20.4
  1. Artavis Scott, Clemson, 20.3
  1. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, 20.2
  1. Jamari Staples, Louisville, 19.3

Explosive movements

  1. Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, 52
  1. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, 51
  1. Amara Darboh, Michigan, 50
  1. Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech, 48
  1. Fred Ross, Mississippi State, 43

Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M, 43

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