MOBILE AL - JANUARY 29:Opening ceremonies during the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Under Armour)

2012 Senior Bowl: Two Fighting Illini Prepare For Draft In College All-Star Game

The 2012 Under Armour Senior Bowl takes place on Saturday with a pair of Illiniois Fighting Ilini looking to impress the NFL scouts.

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2012 Senior Bowl: North Beats South 23-13, WR Joe Adams Shines

The South team did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter, but the kept the game close despite three interceptions and a lost fumble falling 23-13 to the North team.

The game started poorly for the South as WR Joe Adams of the Arkansas Razorbacks dropped a fumble that gave the North possession in South territory. Adams had an otherwise spectacular day, breaking tackles and catching 8 receptions for 133 yards.

No one player on the North roster stole the show on Saturday night, as the three quarterbacks -- Kellen Moore, Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson -- combined for 210 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The running game likewise proved sufficient but not dominant, as the group put 98 rushing yards on the board, but only netted 69 yards for a 2.1 yards per carry average -- which includes 6 "rushes" from the quarterbacks.


Related: Senior Bowl 2012: How Does This Affect 2012 NFL Draft Stock?

Illinois Fighting Illini wideout A.J. Jenkins was targeted four times, but had only one reception on the day, a 25-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The Illini receiver finished the 2011 regular season with 1276 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns and is widely expected to be draft in the 2012 NFL Draft. Jenkins joined the Senior Bowl roster late after an injury opened up a spot earlier in the week.

For more on the Senior Bowl and complete draft coverage, check out SB Nation's 2012 NFL Draft page and Mocking the Draft.

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2012 Senior Bowl: Game Preview And History

The 2012 Under Armour Senior Bowl takes place on Saturday, pitting the NCAA's top collegiate athletes against each other in anticipation of the 2012 NFL Draft. Saturday's contest marks the 63rd year of the Senior Bowl, with the South team leading the North with a record of 29-26-3.

Last year's 2011 Senior Bowl featured a 24-10 South win as Florida St. Seminoles (and now Minnesota Vikings) quarterback Christian Ponder tossed a pair of touchdowns. This year, the Illinois Fighting Illini will send two players to the Senior Bowl -- OL Jeff Allen and WR A.J. Jenkins -- after sending no players to the 2011 game.

The 43rd and 44th Fighting Illini to reach the Senior Bowl, Allen and Jenkins join an illustrious list of Senior Bowl alums, including Jason Taylor, Brett Favre, Hines Ward and Brian Urlacher. WR A.J. Jenkins is expected to be drafted somewhere in the mid-to-late rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. He finished the 2011 season with 90 receptions, 1276 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Tune in to the Senior Bowl at 3 PM CST PM broadcast in high-def on the NFL Network.

For more on the Senior Bowl and all matters college football, head over to SB Nation College Football. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for coverage of all Fighting Illini breaking news and score updates.

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