Plenty of players in this year's Under Armour Senior Bowl are top-notch athletes. But Scout.com's Ed…
Cushing the Envelope at the Senior Bowl
The trio of USC linebackers was all anyone could talk about at the South practice, as Cushing was outstanding, Clay Matthews was more than solid, and Rey Malaluga showed his fantastic instincts.
"I came here to see the USC guys," San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary told Scout.com, and he wasn't disappointed.
Another defensive player who had a good day was Wake Forest cornerback extraordinaire Alphonso Smith. Smith was clearly the best corner on the field as he stayed step for step with each of the South team receivers, and capped his brilliant day with a pick-six off a pass thrown by West Virginia quarterback Pat White.
Other defensive players who made an impact on Monday were Georgia defensive tackle Corvey Irvin, who dominated the interior, Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers, Richmond national champion defensive end Lawrence Sidbury, and Georgia Tech defensive tackle Vance Walker.
In the secondary, Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn showed good hands and coverage ability, and Mississippi State safety Derek Pegues also stood out in a positive way.
Defensive players who didn't do themselves any favors were LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith, who struggled with hands and agility, as well as late addition Maryland linebacker Moise Fokou, who struggled through drills. Hawaii defensive lineman David Veikune didn't do much to stand out, and Jackson State defensive back Domonique Johnson displayed a shaky set of hands showing why he specializes on the defensive side of the football.
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