2015 Senior Bowl Grades: Running Backs

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Jan 24, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad running back Cameron Artis-Payne of Auburn (44) runs past North squad safety Adrian Amos of Penn State (4) and defensive corner Quinten Rollins of Miami (Ohio) (22) in the first quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Artis-Payne (Auburn)

Senior Bowl Stats: 10 rush attempts (43 rushing yards), 3 receptions (35 receiving yards)

Replacing Tre Mason at Auburn after a 610 yard, 6 touchdown junior season, JUCO transfer Cameron Artis-Payne entered the Senior Bowl as one of the SEC’s star running backs who was hoping to prove himself as a member of Team South before being hampered by what was a poor team performance.

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  • With the North dominating the game, Artis-Payne averaged just 4.3 rushing yards on his 10 carries, failing to show the explosiveness that allowed him to put up 1608 yards and 13 TD’s on the ground for the War Eagle during his senior year. 35 receiving yards on three receptions helped make Artis-Payne’s impact get felt more than it appeared in the blowout, but as many players on the South he will leave the weekend feeling as if an opportunity passed him by.

    Luckily for Artis-Payne the Auburn back had some big games in the national spotlight this past season, including four 100+ yard rushing performances in the SEC and a two touchdown outing in a bowl game loss to Wisconsin where he also registered 126 yards against the Badgers. Those performances will be looked at more than his average day with an average South team so the impact from being on the losing team on Saturday will likely not be felt by a running back who will likely be a mid-round selection in Chicago.

    Next for Artis-Payne will be focusing on putting up a big number in the 40 yard dash to up his draft stock, something that could have greater value than anything he did at the Senior Bowl. Already producing in Tre Mason’s place, the Auburn back will be a surefire draft pick and could help himself at the Scouting Combine even if his Senior Bowl was less than memorable along with his South teammates.

    Senior Bowl Grade: C

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