August 20, 2015

Meeting date: August 20, 2015

By Monde M Donaldson

Speaker: Phil Savage
Executive Director of the Senior Bowl

Invocation, Song Music and Pledge
Robbie McClure called the meeting to order. Rob Hackbarth gave the invocation.
Gordon Kolb led the song and pledge..

New Member
Ariel Chavez was introduced by Ken Robinson.

Program

Phil Savage started his presentation by thanking the Mobile community for their support of the Senior Bowl for the past 67 years. He said the game is the ultimate bridge between college and the NFL. Only one player who played in last year’s Senior Bowl is not playing in the pros this season and he is with the Canadian football league.

New to the Senior Bowl this year will be a flag football program at the Hearin-Chandler YMCA. This NFL Flag concept for non-contact football will be offered for 6-12 year olds. In the last three years, there has been a 29 per cent decrease nationally in the number of youth going out for football.

Savage gave his insight on both Alabama and Auburn. He said for Alabama the big question is will be how their quarterbacks will be used. There are three quarterbacks in consideration for the slot and skills of each player will be finely tuned once the season starts. He predicted Kenyan Drake, who was hurt last year, should have a superior season. For Auburn, Jeremy Johnson will be a standout at quarterback. He has played the same offense for four years of high school and two years of college. The addition of Will Muschcamp as defensive coordinator is another big plus for Auburn. The Iron Bowl will be the determining game for both teams.

Teams to watch this year include: Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma, he said. Many of these teams had big losses at the end of last season and are motivated to do better. He predicted players being mentioned for the Heisman would be probably be from Georgia, Ohio State, TCU, Penn State and Michigan State.

The meeting was adjourned.