Russell Wilson to start at QB, Kellen Moore to go second at Senior Bowl; Boise State DT Billy Winn intrigues the NFL


By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

MOBILE, Ala. — Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson will start for the North team Saturday in the Senior Bowl, a Minnesota Vikings spokesman said.

Boise State’s Kellen Moore will be second in the rotation and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins will be third.

The quarterbacks will play two to three series the first time they get into the game, then one to two series the next time.

The Vikings didn’t say how the rotation was established but Wilson and Moore have looked like the two best quarterbacks all week.


Defensive tackle Billy Winn will be one of the most scrutinized NFL prospects from Boise State over the next few months.

His combination of size (6-foot-3, 296 pounds) and athleticism is rare. However, he didn’t have as dominant of a senior season as some expected.

“Billy Winn … is a very intriguing guy,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said.

“Billy Winn is a real active defensive tackle,” NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said. “He’s a guy I liked on tape.”

Winn drew praise for his performance in Wednesday’s practice, the last of two full-pads practices. He’ll face some talented offensive linemen from the South team in the Senior Bowl on Saturday (2 p.m., NFL Network).

“I’ve made plays where I’ve needed to. I’m still out here trying to work on technique and fundamentals,” Winn said. “It’s been a while. I’ve been a little bit rusty from it, but I shook the cobwebs off.”

Winn has appreciated his time working with the Minnesota Vikings coaches.

“I’m just learning a whole new technique, playing it how the NFL coaches want me to play it,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”


I wrote about how height factors into Kellen Moore’s NFL chances in today’s paper. The story is available at, under Sports.

Moore isn’t the shortest quarterback in Mobile, though. Wilson (5-foot-10 5/8) is more than an inch shorter.

“It’s not a factor at all to me,” Wilson said. “I think the proof is in the pudding. I think I’ve shown that I can play at a very high level. I played behind the fourth-biggest offensive line in the entire country, averaging 6-5, and making every single throw.”

Wilson said the idea that shorter quarterbacks can’t play at the pro level is a stereotype and his athleticism will give him an advantage.

“It makes me that much more unique, I think,” he said. “It’s special that I can make all the same throws that a 6-5, 6-6 guy can make. Also, I have the addition of being able to run the ball and get outside the pocket and extend plays that most guys 6-5, 6-6 can’t make.”

Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick said Wilson has impressed him the most of the North quarterbacks.

“He’s smooth on the field. He is just talented,” Quick said. “It shocked me to see how short he was.”


On Friday, the teams held walk-throughs to get a feel for how pre-game will go and make sure everyone knows their assignments.


Be sure to watch my blog and my Twitter account (@IDS_BroncoBeat) on Saturday for live comments during the Senior Bowl.

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Redskins have Kellen as Top 10 to watch in Senior Bowl

Chad, Your link doesn't

Your link doesn't work.


There's a flaw with my blog. When I put in a photo, the links don't work. Sorry. ... If you go to, sports, you'll see the story.

Obviously the NFL coaches don't have the intelligence.......

that the real football experts have - people like Craig James, Mark May, Robert Smith, Lee Corso, et al. How in the world have these coaches been able to work in this profession so long with such a limited understanding of football?

what channel will the bowl be on

and what time is it?, I guess I'll go and watch at a sports bar if it's late enough to make it useful to have a drink. If it's 10:00 AM our time, I'll have to pass, I just don't seem to be able to imbibe anything but coffee before about 2:00 PM now that I'm an older member of society.


2 p.m. MT, NFL Network


NFL is on 212 on DirecTV

Coach Pete was not going to be offered the Oregon job

If Chip had left.

According to this report

§ You going tomorrow?

Know how many others? We gotta talk about 2/1!!

I'm planning on it

I have one thing that's in the air, but I should be there

§ Better not

be a Pro V1.

If you mean the get-together at Old Chicago...

Ya, about 4 or 5 of us are gonna watch the Senior Bowl. I'm gonna be there at 130 to grab a table (or two if needed). Can't miss me. I'm the goofy-looking fat guy with gla-sses (are you kidding me, Prater?) wearing his Boise State polo shirt.

A little Idaho news

Looks like Idaho offensive line coach John McDonell has accepted the offensive line job at Tulane.


What channel and time (pacific) is this game on tv tomorrow?? Edit---Oh never mind someone already posted the channel and time.
Thanks ya'll

§ iffiy

It's on the NFL Network @1 PST.

[Edit: Now see you saw the earlier post. Enjoy.]

Thanks Razor

I posted before reading the comments. I work out of town and still havent figured out the "menu" on this channel changer I have. Need one of the grandkids I guess (4/5 year old would probably work)

§ No fooling

I'm trying to figure out if I can "upgrade" from an old dumbphone to a new dumbphone. You know, the kind that rings, you answer and talk, then hang up ... that's it.

Yup Razor

Think you and I are on same page. Cant even hide out anymore or everyone thinks ya died after not answering your phone for 12 hours..

§ Live around here?

Interested in joining the "crew"? That's those of us who get together every so often to talk BSU and college football.


That sounds fun, but I retired from farming/related fields when I turned 60 and couldnt take not working (golfing and honey do jobs got the best of me). Have been working in Nv and Southern Cal for about last 8 years. Took up my second "hobby" of working on large wells and farm/water chemicals. Keep saying I'm gonna retire again but----
Ever do I'll contact ya'll. I still live in Boise valley but dont get back for very long. Love talking/watching college football.

§ Good enough.

Ever play a Dry Creek Ranch in Galt (dissected by US 99)? Was on my way to Carmel. Had a great week there one afternoon.

Never played there.

Was in army in 65 down that way but work about 45 miles above Santa Barbara when in Cal in Solvang/Buellton area.

iffy - he's a real tolerant guy - as long as you agree with him

You are somewhat new to these boards. Here is an example of how he really treats posters on these boards:
Ω DBeav
Submitted by razor on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 8:09pm.
You're old and not the least bit interesting.
Go back to Corvallis and sit in your own shít.
Read more here:

Read more here:

In time, when he tires of your 'neweness', he'll prolly want you to go gack to some place you are from and sit in a pile of your own fecal material.

Possibly you have considered joining the BAA, if you have not already sone so - a MUST for all Real Bronco Fans and also, contributing money for the BAA expansion of Bronco Stadium project - also, a must for the future of Bronco Football - if you have not already done so:

Here is a link on how to join the BAA, if you have not alrady dones so, please consider joining the BAA and contributing to the expansion of Bronco Staium:

Also, here is a link on how to donate a litle money for the expanion of Bronco Stadium - even One Dollar is appreciated:

Go 2012 Broncos.

BAA Member #63799

Pucker up funk ---

You think some lost Ida boy is gonna call me out, ya know what ya can do.