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Senior Bowl: OSU's Brandon Weeden intercepted twice in South loss

COLLEGE FOOTBALL — OU's Jamell Fleming picks off a Weeden pass as North beats South 23-13.
By David Purdum, For The Tulsa World Published: January 28, 2012
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/articleid/3644454/1/pictures/1624328">Photo - South Team quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) of Oklahoma State hands off to running back Vick Ballard (28) of Mississippi State during the first quarter of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Mobile Press-Register, Mike Kittrell)  MAGS OUT ORG XMIT: ALMOP201
South Team quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) of Oklahoma State hands off to running back Vick Ballard (28) of Mississippi State during the first quarter of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Mobile Press-Register, Mike Kittrell) MAGS OUT ORG XMIT: ALMOP201
Weeden faked a handoff to the running back and rolled to his right before rifling a strike back across the field to Smelley.

ESPN's Todd McShay said Weeden was the most impressive of the six Senior Bowl quarterbacks. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Weeden's arm strength ranked among the best.

“I don't take a lot away from the game,” said Weeden, who was swarmed by autograph-seekers after the game, including a strong contingent of Oklahoma State fans. “I felt like I had a good week of practice, showed what I'm capable of and got better at a lot of things. So I'm pleased.”

Next up for Weeden is the NFL Scouting Combine, beginning Feb. 22 in Indianapolis.

Fleming also was happy with his performance in practice and in the game. He started for the North squad and set up the team's first score with a forced fumble. On the South's first drive, Weeden hooked up with Arkansas' Joe Adams over the middle for 15 yards, but Fleming wrapped up Adams and raked the football loose.

“I felt like I showed that I could complete with nation's best and am ready to go to the next level,” said Fleming, who added four tackles.

Oklahoma State's Markelle Martin started at free safety for the South, but also rotated at strong safety. Martin said this week that he expects to play both safety positions in the NFL and is projected to be one top safeties taken in the draft. Martin finished with two tackles for the South.


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