shiny happy fan
Join Date: Apr 2004
By NEAL McCREADY
Carnell Williams said Sunday he has always been a Jon Gruden fan. Gruden, however, said later Sunday afternoon that his Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren't interested in the former Auburn running back. "We have no interest in him whatsoever," Gruden said. Then Gruden smiled and laughed a knowing little laugh. The Bucs are interested in Williams. It's the worst-kept secret since Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
The two sides might talk of interest in others, but the body language -- if not the words themselves -- give the truth away. Williams and the Buccaneers are basically dating this week at the Senior Bowl, where Williams is the most prolific running back on the South team roster.
A conference breakdown of the roster reveals the Southeastern Conference, to no surprise, leads with 24 players on the South roster.
The Pac-10 is next with 16 players, followed by the Big Ten with 12. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 each have 11 players. All ACC players are on the South roster and all Big Ten players are on the North. Pac-10 and Big 12 players are split between both teams.
-- DUPLICATE NUMBERS: For the first time in Senior Bowl history, some players will have duplicate numbers on the same team -- a practice that is now common in college football.
The players with duplicate numbers will always play on opposite sides of the ball.
For example, you will notice on the South roster that Georgia quarterback David Greene and Auburn defensive back Carlos Rogers will each wear No. 14, and Georgia wide receiver Reggie Brown and Virginia Tech defensive back Eric Green will each wear No. 1.
Some of the other duplicate numbers include No. 84 on the South (LSU's Marcus Spears and Southern Cal tight end Alex Holmes); No. 47 on the South (Tennessee punt er Dustin Colquitt and Virginia Tech defensive lineman Jim Davis); and No. 1 on the North (Howard defensive back Ronald Bartell and Northern Colorado receiver Vincent Jackson).
"It's an opportunity to let the players wear the numbers they have worn throughout their collegiate careers," said Senior Bowl media relations director Vic Knight. "From a fan standpoint, it allows them to better identify a player when he is wearing the number they are accustomed to seeing that player wear."
Senior Bowl Weigh-In
Lorenzo Alexander, California 6014 290
Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa 6017 279
Attiyah Ellison, Missouri 6035 305
Antaaj Hawthorne, Wisconsin 6027 317
Matt Roth, Iowa 6031 263
Bill Swancutt, Oregon St. 6036 266
Jimmy Verdon, Arizona St. 6026 274
Anthony Bryant, Alabama 6023 345
Shaun Cody, USC 6035 293
Jim Davis, Virginia Tech 6027 272
George Gause, South Carolina 6036 268
Ronald Fields, Mississippi St. 6016 307
Mike Montgomery, Texas A&M 6043 271
Mike Patterson, USC 5113 290
Marcus Spears, L.S.U. 6033 302
Mark Clayton, Oklahoma 5096 187 (5'9" ?? shorter than I thought)