Tykee Smith came to the Senior Bowl with hopes of making a breakthrough performance. On Saturday, he had three pass break-ups to aid his cause. Unfortunately, his team, the "American" team, lost 16-7 against the "National" team in Mobile, Ala.
Smith, who played the star position at Georgia this season, had the opportunity to showcase his skills as a "high safety" during the week leading up to the game. He proved his point with an impressive performance throughout the week and in Saturday's game.
Reflecting on his memories and the importance of Georgia's tough practices, Smith said, "Representing that 'G' one more time definitely means a lot. The day in and day out structure we had there at Georgia was important ... the games we played on Saturdays were won on those Tuesdays."
Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, one of six Bulldogs participating in Senior Bowl week, also had an impressive showing. He opened the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown grab from South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler. Rosemy-Jacksaint wanted to show NFL coaches that he could make acrobatic catches in addition to the tough, third-down catches he was known for at Georgia.
Other Georgia players, such as Ladd McConkey, Javon Bullard, Daijun Edwards, and William Mote, also had their moments in the game. McConkey had an explosive practice on Tuesday but may have tweaked his ankle. Bullard made the most of his limited reps and showcased his playmaking ability. Edwards didn't get a chance to make a carry or catch in the game due to the team's deep pool of running backs. Mote performed his long snapping duties well, going unnoticed, which is always the goal for a long snapper.
The game was primarily dominated by the quarterbacks, with mixed results. Joe Milton threw two interceptions for the American team, while Spencer Rattler had a perfect passing record, going 4-of-4 for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Overall, the National team came out victorious with only 184 total yards of offense compared to the American team's 271. The game lacked offensive continuity.
Throughout the week, the ESPN notebook highlighted select Georgia players. Javon Bullard caught scouts' attention with his playmaking ability and physicality. Ladd McConkey impressed with his route running and bounce-back from an early-season injury. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint showcased consistency, route running, and impressive ball-snatching ability. These performances left scouts considering McConkey as a potential first-round prospect.
Despite the loss, the Senior Bowl provided an opportunity for Georgia players to showcase their skills and make an impact on their future NFL careers.