Florida State's E.J. Manuel leads South to win in Senior Bowl

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MOBILE, Ala. — Florida State’s E.J. Manuel passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South’s first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Manuel and running backs Stepfan Taylor and Mike James combined to put the game for senior NFL prospects away on the final drive. Stanford’s Taylor carried five times for 32 yards and caught a 6-yard pass from Manuel.

Manuel converted a fourth-and-1 play on a sneak to set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Miami’s James with 2:41 left.

Manuel was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player. Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah received the honors for the South team while Purdue defensive lineman Kawann Short was the North’s top player.

Manuel completed 7 of 10 passes for 76 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Alabama tight end Michael Williams. He also scored on a 2-yard run.

Georgia placed several players on the South roster, including former Burke County star Cornelius Washington, former Westside standout Sanders Commings, John Jenkins, Tavarres King, Shawn Williams and Baccari Rambo.

Clemson was represented by Andre Ellington, Dalton Freeman and Malliciah Goodman.

J.J. Wilcox, of Georgia Southern, was also on the South squad.

MISSISSIPPI: Agreed to pay former coach Houston Nutt a lump sum of $4.35 million to complete his contract buyout.

Nutt was fired after the 2011 season with about $6 million remaining on his contract. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said on Saturday in a statement that the school’s agreement with Nutt happened last month, and the one-time payment would save the athletic department about $550,000.

Nutt coached for four seasons at Ole Miss.

OREGON: Coach Mark Helfrich dismissed sophomore defensive back James Scales from the team for a rules violation.

The school was not specific about the violation in making the announcement Saturday.


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