Local stars Jake Coker and K.J. Maye helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory over the North in the 67th Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Quarterback Coker played at St Paul’s before going on to win national championships at Florida State and Alabama. Wide Receiver Maye prepped at Murphy before playing collegiately at Minnesota.
Coker was the big fan favorite and started the game for the South squad.
He played the first quarter and staked the South to a 10-0 lead, guiding a couple of scoring drives. Coker rushed the ball once for eight yards and was 3-for-8 passing for 23 yards.
Most analysts say Coker improved his stock this week in Mobile
“It was fun being back,” Coker said. “I just enjoyed being back home for sure.”
Coker will participate in the NFL scouting combine next month in Indianapolis.
“Just going to keep having fun, keep training, working hard and see what happens.” Coker said.
For Maye it was a chance to pay one more time on the same field where he starred in high school.
“Coming out of the tunnel, seeing all the fans, looking around it was surreal,” Maye said. “I played my high school games here for four years. It was great being back.”
Maye did well today, doing a little bit of everything. He caught two passes, carried the ball twice on reverses, and made a couple of special team tackles.
“I felt like I had a good week of practice so I was pretty confident coming into this game that I was going to do well.”
Maye is unlikely to attend the combine. He will continue to train in Nashville before a “pro day” before scouts in Minneapolis in March.