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Jones and Schwartz Impress at First Days of Senior Bowl Practice
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/24/2012

Jan. 24, 2012

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BERKELEY - Former Cal football standouts wide receiver Marvin Jones and offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz have looked impressive in the initial days of practice for the Senior Bowl, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Jones, who was a late addition to the roster, made a great first impression with coaches in the first day of practice. According to Tony Pauline of SI.com, Jones delivered much more than scouts expected. Pauline said that Jones stood out in one-on-one drills in particular.

"He probably runs the best routes of anyone on the North team, consistently separates from defensive backs and has made several outstanding receptions," as written in Pauline's article.

Monday's practice was an interesting one for Schwartz who found himself in the unfamiliar position of having to move over and play center due to injuries among the North squad's offensive line. But, according to Pauline, Schwartz held his own with the change, blocking with good fundamentals and showed the ability to handle the center/quarterback snap exchange.

"We have the opportunity to play with elite players from all across the country and we're getting coached by elite coaches," Jones said in an interview with Comcast Bay Area following Monday's practice. "It's big. Some of these players we will have the opportunity to get coached by these coaches in the future. To come out here and display all your abilities is big."

In a New York Times report by Matt Waldman, he noted that Jones blew past a cornerback on a deep post in one-on-one drills, and later in shells, he caught a deep post for a touchdown where he made an excellent move late in the route, slipping his shoulder away from the defensive back to make an over-the-shoulder catch. Waldman also stated that Jones arguably had the best day among the North team wide receivers on Monday.

"One of the most important things I learned about the receiver position is that at each successive level there are more details to playing the position well," Jones said in the New York Times article. "Although I feel like playing in a pro-style offense has given me some advantages, there's still a whole new level of details I'm going to begin learning here and in the NFL."

Jones also mentioned that he was happy to show his ability to catch the deep ball after current Golden Bear wide receiver Keenan Allen had assumed the role of Cal's deep threat in 2011.

The 63rd version of the annual game that showcases college football's top seniors is scheduled to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 28 (3 p.m. CT/1 p.m. PT). NFL Network will televise the contest live and also beginning Monday, Jan. 23, will provide coverage of all practices leading up to the contest.

The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.

Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Ala.), all Mobile-area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109. For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at seniorbowl.com.

Cal football will return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012, opening its season at home against Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Bears' seven-game home slate will also feature Pac-12 contests against Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference tilt against Southern Utah. The Bears have road trips to Ohio State, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington State.

For more information on the stadium and season-ticket options for 2012, visit CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com.

ALL-TIME CALIFORNIA PLAYERS IN SENIOR BOWL (32)
1956 - Jim Carmichael, E
1957 - Don Gilkey, G
1975 - Steve Bartkowski, QB
1979 - Duke Leffler, OL
1984 - David Lewis, TE
1988 - Ken Harvey, LB; Brian Bedford, WR
1989 - Natu Tuatagaloa, DL; Dave Zawatson, OL
1994 - Todd Steussie, OL
1997 - Pat Barnes, QB
1999 - Marquis Smith, DB; Jerry DeLoach, DL
2001 - Nick Harris, P
2003 - Tully Banta-Cain, DL; Kyle Boller, QB
2005 - Lorenzo Alexander, DL; J.J. Arrington, RB
2006 - Ryan O'Callaghan, OL; Marvin Philip, OL
2007 - Daymeion Hughes, DB; Brandon Mebane, DL
2008 - Thomas DeCoud, DB; Justin Forsett, RB; Lavelle Hawkins, WR
2009 - Zack Follett, LB; Alex Mack, OL
2010 - Tyson Alualu, DL; Syd'Quan Thompson, DB
2011 - Cameron Jordan, DL
2012 - Marvin Jones, WR; Mitchell Schwartz, OL


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