WR-Juaquin Iglesias ran smooth, crisp routes

Published on January 23, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic
  • Oklahoma WR Juaquin Iglesias ran smooth, crisp routes and flashed strong hands during 11-on-11 drills. He was impressive in the intermediate game and displayed the ability to get vertical when he hauled in a 40-yard Graham Harrell pass down the left sideline over Michigan’s Morgan Trent.At 6-foot-1, 204 pounds, Iglesias is a physical receiver who doesn’t shy away from contact and does an outstanding job of blocking downfield. A consistent performer during his time in Norman, Iglesias had a strong senior campaign where he pulled in 74 receptions for 1,150 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    With a strong showing on Saturday, Iglesias, who’s currently the seventh-ranked wide receiver on Scout.com’s NFL Draft Rankings, could raise his stock and be in contention to be a high second-round selection.

  • A player to keep an eye on this Saturday is Liberty running back Rashad Jennings. At 6-foot-1, 234 pounds, Jennings is a strong, well-balanced and intelligent back who has the maturity and focus to succeed in the NFL.And while draft day can’t come soon enough for Jennings, he’s enjoying the entire pre-draft experience.

    “This is a childhood dream. And I’m out here shaking hands with kids and signing autographs, and I’m thinking, ‘I was you one day,’ ” he told Scout.com. “As the week goes on, reality is hitting, how close you are to a dream come true.  So you just take it step by step, day by day.”

    Jennings believes that as pro scouts and evaluators watch him up close here in Mobile, they’ll see that he has plenty to offer an NFL club.

    “I’m a complete back who’s eager to learn, who’s physical and who’s just learning constantly,” he said. “Being able to stay on the field — whether it’s third-and-short, third-and-long, being able to catch the ball out of the backfield — there’s a lot of things that about my game that I know will make me successful at the next level.”

  • Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry has been solid all week and has been a handful to deal with inside. Jerry is so quick and explosive in the trenches, he’s made the biggest lineman at the Senior Bowl, LSU’s 6-foot-7, 382-pound monster Herman Johnson, look small. During lineman drills, Jerry went head to head with Johnson and used his speed and technique to bull rush the monstrous guard back into the blocking dummy. Jerry worked left, used his right arm as a guide to spin back and was in the clear to touch the dummy.The South’s defensive front seven has been impressive, but Jerry’s been the interior presence that’s received the most attention from scouts.
  • Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie knows how important this week is to the draft process as he prepares for Saturday’s game. And if you ask him what he wants to show the scouts from the various NFL teams who have gathered in Mobile this week, he’ll tell you that it boils down to one significant point.”I think the biggest thing for a receiver is just getting open,” he explained. “No matter how you do it, I think they just want to see you get open. So I think that one way or another, if I’m finding ways to get open, catch the ball and make plays, that’s what’s going to get everyone’s attention.”

    Robiskie, who’s father Terry is the wide receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons, said he enjoys watching Roddy White and Michael Jenkins each week. But he also has some other favorite receivers around the league who he watches to help improve his game.

    “Larry Fitzgerald is another one who is having a great postseason. They just made it to the Super Bowl, so he’s doing a lot for that team,” Robiskie said. “There’s a long list, Terrell Owens — what he does on the field — there are a number of guys I watch and just try to take a little bit from everybody. But I definitely enjoy watching the game and studying other receivers.”

  • The defensive standout for the North team has been Boston College DT B.J. Raji. The consistency he’s maintained this week by dominating two of the top centers in the country (Oregon’s Max Unger and Cal’s Alex Mack) has elevated Raji as a potential top-10 selection.During 11-on-11 drills on Wednesday, Raji beat Virginia Tech center Ryan Shuman over the top and disrupted a handoff between Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell and Virginia RB Cedric Peerman. There were a lot of mishandled balls that hit the ground that morning, and Raji’s ability to penetrate caused problems on snaps.

    “I had confidence coming into this week, and I knew that I would be facing the top centers in the nation, and I wanted to show what I could do,” Raji said. “I felt like I’ve been getting better each day, and with this being the last day in full pads, I thought I had my best performance.”

  • Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson noted that getting the timing down with his all-star cast of wide receivers is one of the biggest challenges of Senior Bowl week. But he’s thoroughly enjoying working with some of the best pass-catchers from across the country.”It’s pretty nice as a quarterback to look out there and know you could throw it anywhere on the field,” he said.

    While practicing this week, and eventually airing it out in Saturday’s game, Wilson is hoping to show NFL scouts more than just what they’ve already seen on film.

    “I want to show them my leadership both in and out of the huddle. And that means getting guys going, making plays and being a Winner,” he said.


  • 2007
    Honorable mention All-Big 12 by the coaches and Associated Press… led Sooners in receptions and receiving yards … No. 2 receptions total in a season at OU, No. 4 all-time for receiving yards … posted team highs with seven grabs for 128 yards vs. North Texas … eight catches for 123 yards and a 35-yard TD run vs. Utah State … eight receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns at Tulsa … led the Sooners with six catches (99 yards) vs. Texas … seven grabs for 73 yards at Tech and three kickoff returns for 115 yards, eighth-highest yardage total in school history … three kickoff returns for 110 yards against Miami … his 826 yards on kickoff returns is the best single-season mark in school history … ranks second all-time with 994 career return yards … No. 16 nationally in kickoff returns at 28.48 yards per return, a figured that ranks No. 2 in school year … rushed eight times for 87 yards and one touchdown vs. Utah State … long rush was a 41-yarder against North Texas.

    2006
    Second on the team in receptions and yards … top game came in the Fiesta Bowl when he led OU with six catches for 120 yards … had five grabs against Washington, Oregon and Texas … touchdown receptions against Middle Tennessee and Oklahoma State … long catch, a 37-yarder, came at Oregon … also a potent kick returner … had an 88-yarder for a touchdown off a free kick at Baylor … had a total of 14 returns for 363 yards and one touchdown (averaged 25.9 per return).

    2005
    Emerged as a standout as a true freshman … caught a 21-yard pass in the second overtime to give OU a win over Baylor … also caught a touchdown against Oklahoma State … set season highs in receptions (5) and yards (85) in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl … had three receptions for 38 yards at UCLA and 62 receiving yards against Texas A&M … one rush for a nine-yard gain at Nebraska.

    High School
    Earned all-area honors as a junior … recorded 42 catches for 886 and 10 touchdowns as a senior … threw two passes during his career, both for touchdowns … also returned kicks … named first team all-district as a senior in district 16-4A … a starter on the basketball team where he averaged 17 points per game … ran the 400, 800, and 1,600 relays as well … coached by Sam Jones.

    Personal
    Runs 4.45 in the 40 … son of Bobby and Bernita Iglesias … father owns a barber shop … born Aug. 22, 1987 … pronounced WAH-keen E-glay-C-us … major is sociology … ranks No. 3 all-time at OU with four 100-yard games … ranks No. 6 in career receiving yards and No. 8 in receptions.

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