Senior Bowl: Official 2012 South Roster Coached by Redskins Staff

By Emmanual Benton

Well, the time is here! For Redskins fans, Senior Bowl week has been highly anticipated since finding out Mike Shanahan and the Redskins staff would coach the South Team.

2012 South Team Roster:


  • Nick Foles, Arizona
  • Brandon Weedon, OSU
  • Ryan Lindley, SDS

Running Backs:

  • Chris Rainey, FL
  • Terrance Gannaway, Baylor
  • Chad Dheil, Clemson
  • Vick Ballard, Mississippi State

Offensive Line:

  • Jeff Allen, Illinois
  • Will Blackwell, LSU
  • Philip Blake, Baylor
  • James Brown, Troy
  • Cordy Glenn, Georgia
  • Ben Jones, Georgia
  • Matt McCants, UAB
  • Zebrie Sanders, FSU
  • Will Vlachos, Bama

Wide Receivers:

  •  Joe Adams, Arkansas
  • Dwight Jones, UNC
  • Juron Criner, Arizona
  • Patrick Edwards, Houston
  • Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
  • Marquis Maze, Bama

Tight Ends:

  • DeAngelo Peterson, LSU
  • Brad Smelley, Bama
  • Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette

Defensive Backs:

  • Antonio Allen, SC
  • Dwight “Bill” Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Brandon Boykin, Georgia
  • Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
  • Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
  • Markelle Martin, OSU
  • DeQuan Menzie, Bama
  • Ryan Steed, Furman
  • Brandon Taylor, LSU


  • Emmanuel Acho, Texas
  • Jake Bequette, Arkansas
  • Nigel Bradham, FSU
  • Zach Brown, UNC
  • Keenan Robinson, Texas
  • Sean Spence, Miami

Defensive Line/3-4 conversion players (Senior Bowl defense is 4-3, some may play OLB):

  • Courtney Upshaw, Bama
  • Brandon Thompson, Clemson
  • Kheeston Randal, Texas
  • Tydreke Powell, UNC
  • Tony Eddie-Jerrod, Texas A&M
  • Melvin Ingram, SC
  • Jaye Howard, Florida
  • Quinton Coples, UNC


  • Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
  • Drew Butler, Georgia

This is a pretty loaded roster, especially on the defensive line, which bodes will for judging offensive linemen. In addition to the Quarterbacks, who will face some pass rushing specialist during practice, with Courtney Upshaw, Brandon Thompson, and Quinton Coples.

For the Redskins, a few players could become possible draft targets. Nick Foles is a Quarterback I expect to rise, and am interested in seeing him interact with the Shanahans. Dwight Jones and Juron Criner are two pass catchers I also believe will shine. As well as the speedy playmaker out of Florida, Chris Rainey. He’s a guy that can play all skill positions on offense, and is a return specialist who has the ability to score every time he touches the football.

No player may have as much to prove as Janoris Jenkins, the former Florida Gator who spent his senior season at North Alabama after being kicked off Florida’s team. He’s a first round talent with character issues. All eyes will be glued to him, as he is a talent most haven’t seen in a year.

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