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The best QB at the Senior Bowl was not who everyone expected

The North All-Stars may have had the big names like Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen, but it was the South All-Stars who prevailed in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.

The South jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a 45-16 win in the game meant to showcase college football’s best talent to NFL coaching staffs.

The biggest star of the game was unheralded Richmond Spiders quarterback Kyle Lauletta.

Lauletta put up better numbers than any other quarterback and was named the game’s MVP.

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He was 8-for-12 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

Lauletta’s first touchdown was a bomb to LSU’s D.J. Chark that went for 75 yards.

Later in the third quarter, Lauletta rolled out and threw a bullet to Deon Yelder from Western Kentucky for another touchdown.

For his third and final touchdown, Lauletta fit a ball into a tight space to Oklahoma State receiver Marcell Ateman for a 14-yard score.

Josh Allen, the highly regarded quarterback from Wyoming, produced the most offense for the North team. He started slowly and missed a few throws early, but soon found his groove and connected on two impressive touchdown passes.

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Baker Mayfield played only two series for the North team, and they were uneventful. He completed just three of seven passes for nine yards before leaving the game at halftime, reportedly to be with his ill mother.

While the small sample size of this game isn’t likely to have a huge impact on any NFL draft boards, it could very well help Kyle Lauletta, who is currently projected to be a late-round pick or free agent.

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Jake Harp has been with The Western Journal since 2014. His writing primarily focuses on sports and their intersection with politics, culture, and religion.
Jake Harp joined Liftable Media in 2014 after graduating from Grove City College. Since then he has worked in several roles, mostly focusing on social media and story assignment. Jake lives in Western New York where, in a shocking display of poor parenting, he tries to pass down his Buffalo sports fandom to his daughter.
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