MOBILE, Ala. – Auburn defensive end Dee Ford prefers to keep things simple: play hard and fast, and let others worry about his NFL draft stock.
That approach worked for him Saturday at the Senior Bowl.
Ford had two first-half sacks, and Derek Carr of Fresno State and David Fales of San Jose State each threw a touchdown pass in the South’s 20-10 victory over the North.
Ford, who also earned positive reviews from observers at practice, dismissed a reporter’s suggestion he made some money in the draft with his performance.
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“I don’t do this for cash,” said Ford, who was voted the game’s most valuable player. “I do this for pride. I do this because I really, really want to be great. The money will come. I’m just all about perfecting what I do. I’ve still got a lot of work.
“I’ve got the combine and pro day. My life doesn’t stop here. I’ve got to be consistent.”
The showcase game for top senior NFL prospects was dominated by the defenses.
Washington State safety Deone Bucannon made three tackles for the North.
The South had five sacks and intercepted three passes.
Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fales and was selected the South’s most outstanding ;player.
Wisconsin’s James White scored on a 1-yard run with 6:04 left for the North’s touchdown. He rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries and was voted the North’s most outstanding player.