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Weekend All-Star games, Senior Bowl updates

Wilson_Ewing2.jpgThree former Badger defensive players took part in all-star games last weekend, with Aaron Henry playing in the East-West Shrine game, Patrick Butrym in the NFLPA Collegiate All-Star game and Antonio Fenelus in the Battle of Florida.

Fenelus, the only one of the three Badgers with an official invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, was on the losing end of a 51-3 score at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. He did account for one of the South Team's highlights, recording an interception. Fenelus also added two tackles and pass breakup.

Henry was voted the captain of the victorious West team in the East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Defensive stats were hard to come by but The Naples Daily News caught up with Henry before the game.

Butrym played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, but information and stats on the game are scarce.

In contrast to that, the Senior Bowl is like the Super Bowl of college all-star games. Practices are televised, reporters are numerous and scouts fill the stands. Five Badgers are participating this week, including QB Russell Wilson, FB Bradie Ewing, OL Kevin Zeitler, P Brad Nortman and LS Kyle Wojta. WR Nick Toon was invited to the Senior Bowl but is sitting out due to a foot injury.

Wilson.jpgAs is usually the case, the QBs garnered a lot of attention, especially on NFL Network's coverage of practice (VIDEO). The New York Times blog also broke down the QBs:
"Wilson is an exceptional athlete and it showed on the first day of practice. He didn't start particularly well, but as the session progressed he was the most impressive quarterback in the first practice of the week."

And the Charlotte Observer also caught up with Wilson to discuss the one thing he has no control over, his height.

Ewing is doing a blog for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and talked about getting an invite the Senior Bowl. New Era Scouting also caught up with Ewing prior to Senior Bowl Week.

In the early going, Zeitler is the highest rated draft prospect among the former Badgers. He impressed a number of folks, including the web site NEPatriotsDraft.com:
"Kevin Zeitler was a stud all day long, I didn't see him get beat at all and when I did watch him he dominated Alameda Ta'amu, knocking his helmet off of him. He is feisty and a battler."

Zeitler.jpgNFLmocks.com also praised Zeitler:
"I find it funny that everyone talks about DeCastro but no one talked about Zeitler.  DeCastro might be better but I am not willing to admit that yet.  Zeitler dominated in both run blocking and pass blocking in college and faced much stiffer competition.  He fared well against Devon Still and Jerel Worthy who are both thought to be 1rst Round talents.  With a week in front of scouts many might start wondering if Zeitler is DeCastro's equal."

The strongest endorsement came from DraftCountdown.com:
"Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler was incredible at right guard. Zeitler wowed onlookers and showed a real nasty streak in the 1-on-1 drills. Alameda Ta'amu is just one of the guys who struggled to make anything happen against the Badger blocker. On the day Zeitler was only beat once and looked every bit the part of a first rounder."

Coverage of the Senior Bowl practices continue on Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. CT on NFL Network. There is also a daily recap show on Wednesday and Thursday on NFL Network at 9:30 p.m. CT. The Senior Bowl game is then televised live on NFL Network at 3 p.m. CT.