MU’s Brady has strong week at Senior Bowl
HUNTINGTON - For the first time in several years, Marshall and West Virginia football fans had a reason to cheer for each other on Saturday.
On the South’s first possession of the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday, Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady hauled in an 11-yard pass from West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.
The 11-yard slant came after Brady beat Texas cornerback Kris Boyd off the line of scrimmage and gained separation inside. Grier hit him in stride and Brady took the pass down to the North 31-yard line, which set up a touchdown to open the game.
It would prove to be Brady’s lone catch in the South’s 34-24 loss to the North, but his impact and skill-set were seen throughout the week as he helped his stock in what should prove to be one of the deeper drafts for wide receivers in years.
While much of the focus was on South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel and even Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, Brady was able to consistently make plays during the week that impressed those covering the event in Mobile, Ala.
Brady was listed by many experts as one of the “winners” on the third day of practice that preceded Saturday’s contest.
On the day, Brady showed elite concentration over the middle when Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham fired a pass to him in between two defenders. With a safety converging quickly and Kentucky’s Lonnie Johnson in tight coverage, Brady was able to go down and secure the catch, which drew a reaction from the crowd at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl social media account also officially released the top six fastest speeds for the South team. Brady was listed fourth at 19.2 miles per hour, which was second among wide receivers behind Samuel’s 20.8 miles per hour.
One thing that Emory Hunt from Football Gameplan noted in his talk with Brady in Mobile was that Brady showed a knack for catching the front part of the football, which is crucial for securing catches in traffic.
Brady spoke about its importance in his talk with Hunt.
“You want to show that you’re a strong catcher,” Brady said. “That gives you a chance even if the DB is on you. You go out there and grab that football aggressively and he has no chance.”
With Brady’s week in Mobile now complete, he turns his focus to training over the next several weeks.
Brady’s performance this week could land him an invite to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, which goes from Feb. 26 to March 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Marshall’s annual Pro Day is also scheduled for March 13.