Malik Harrison Records An Interception to Help Lead North Team, Featuring Four Former Ohio State Players, to Senior Bowl Win

By Dan Hope on January 25, 2020 at 5:50 pm
Malik Harrison celebrates his interception in the Senior Bowl.
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Former Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison had one of the highlights of the Senior Bowl to help lead his team to a victory on Saturday.

In the second quarter of Saturday's all-star game for NFL draft prospects, Harrison made a leaping interception. His teammate Bradlee Anae, a pass-rusher from Utah, hit former Oklahoma/Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts to pop the ball up into the air, and Harrison played it perfectly to come down with a jump-ball takeaway.

Harrison's North squad, which also featured former Ohio State teammates DaVon Hamilton, K.J. Hill and Jonah Jackson, defeated the South team, 34-17, to win this year's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Hamilton also started the game for the North defense and was disruptive at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield on a day where the nose tackle from Central Ohio often drew double-teams from the South offensive line. He got in on a sack with Anae in the third quarter and brought pressure on South quarterbacks on multiple other occasions.

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis named Hamilton near the end of the broadcast as an “under-the-radar” player who he thought stood out in the game.

“You're not gonna have big numbers in there, but I thought he did work in there today,” Davis said.

Jackson entered the lineup at right guard to start the second quarter. He remained in for most of the remainder of the game and appeared to dominate most of his matchups, keeping pass-rushers at bay while exploding off the line as a run blocker. On his first play in the game, Jackson knocked down a defender to buy time for former Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, helping set up a pass to former TCU running back Darius Anderson that went for a 75-yard touchdown.

Hill, one of the biggest stars of the week of practices, had a quiet game on Saturday, catching just one pass for one yard. He did have an 18-yard punt return, though, and NFL scouts typically put much more stock into how players perform in Senior Bowl practices than the actual game itself.

Austin Mack was the lone Buckeye on the losing South team. He caught one pass for 14 yards, which came when he got open on a slant route to convert a 4th-and-5 in the fourth quarter.

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