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College Football Roundup: Randle El impressive playing new positions

January 27, 2002

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— It was a typical ending for Antwaan Randle El.

The former Indiana quarterback makes dazzling plays, but his team still loses.

Randle El was voted the Most Valuable Player of Saturday's Senior Bowl, but South quarterbacks Rohan Davey of LSU and Patrick Ramsey of Tulane engineered a 41-26 victory over his North team.

"I didn't focus on the fact that (Senior Bowl officials) didn't give me a chance to play quarterback," Randle El said. "I focused on playing receiver and getting better during the week, and that's what I did."

Davey threw a pair of touchdown passes and Ramsey led three second-half scoring drives for the South's fourth win in five years.

The South didn't need a big day from Fresno State's David Carr, widely considered the best quarterback prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. Carr was 2-of-6 for 28 yards and sat out the second half.

The game is a showcase for top senior NFL prospects, and Randle El was among those taking advantage with a seamless transition to receiver and return man.

He caught a pair of 3-yard touchdown passes from Kurt Kittner of Illinois and had a 40-yard punt return.

"I think I proved to people that I could play receiver," Randle El said. "And if I get a shot at playing quarterback, I'll be able to do that later on, too."

The South converted five turnovers into 24 points.

Team Florida 42,

Team USA 13

Orlando, Fla. Mel Mitchell III of Western Kentucky intercepted two passes and forced a fumble to set up a touchdown as Team Florida beat Team USA. Mitchell was named overall MVP in the Gridiron Classic. Team Florida's offensive MVP was Maine tight end Chad Hayes, who caught three touchdown passes. A last-minute addition to Florida's roster, he set a Gridiron Classic record for TD receptions.

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