Miami Hurricanes football: How did UM prospects fare at the Senior Bowl?

CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Braxton Berrios #8 of the Miami Hurricanes walks the field during warm ups against the Clemson Tigers at the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It was a quiet day for former Miami Hurricanes at the Senior Bowl.

Michael Badgley’s 50-yard field goal and Braxton Berrios’ 26-yard punt return were the highlights, in a game their North team lost 45-16 to the South in a wet afternoon at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Chad Thomas, who impressed onlookers with his practice performances leading up to the game, did not play because of a minor unspecified injury, according to a Senior Bowl spokesperson.  Tight end Chris Herndon, who had knee surgery in November, was selected but did not play.

Berrios returned the game’s first punt, for nine yards, into traffic. He entered the game as a receiver on the third North series, with Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Working from the slot, Berrios was on for five plays and did his job as a blocker. He was off the field as the North offense stalled, leading to Badgley’s field goal.

On the next series, with Wyoming’s Josh Allen throwing to him, Berrios did more blocking. He was on the field for ten more plays, including a hole-opener that sprung North Carolina State’s Jaylen Samuels for a first-down rush, but was not targeted.

He later caught one pass for four yards, from Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, on third-and-4 for a first down. Lee targeted him three times in total.

Berrios impressed as a punt returner, finishing with 70 yards on five returns.

Badgley, who performed kickoffs and extra points for the North team, nailed his 50-yard field goal in the first quarter, straight down the middle, with plenty of leg, in wet conditions. That was undoubtedly a relief for Badgley, who missed a 24-yard field goal with about five minutes left in an Orange Bowl loss to Wisconsin. He finished his UM career with the program’s all-time scoring record (403 points).

However, he missed a 55-yarder later, knocking a stiff kick into the left post.

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