LeFevour raises draft stock in Senior Bowl

A week of scrutiny during Senior Bowl practices paid off for former Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour on Saturday.

After spending the week listening to scouts and pundits question whether he had an NFL arm, LeFevour answered with big passes during his appearance in the Senior Bowl, including a 32-yard touchdown strike to former Cincinnati receiver Mardy Gilyard.

LeFevour, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a score in the 31-13 North win, was named the North’s offensive MVP and improved his draft stock in the process.

“They just wanted everyone to be able to showcase what they can do,” LeFevour said of what the Senior Bowl coaches wanted to see out of him. “We were pushing the ball downfield with some comebacks and deep balls and just some NFL throws that they wanted to see me make.

“I was happy that I was able to come in there just calm and collected. I made some big plays obviously with Mardy Gilyard and just be able to move the chains a little bit. That was a lot of fun.”

LeFevour picked up right where he left off in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., where he finished his Central Michigan career with a win in the GMAC Bowl. It was that game that helped LeFevour earn an invite to the Senior Bowl in the first place.

LeFevour said he was pleased with his effort, though he thought he could have done better taking snaps under center. He said working under center is his weakest trait since the Chippewas played in the shotgun throughout his career.

“I think I could have done a little bit better under center, but I don’t think I hurt myself at all,” LeFevour said. "I need to sharpen up those skills from drops, from timing, to everything like that. Obviously, there’s still some work to do and I’ll get it done.”

LeFevour was headed to the Mercedes Benz College Football All-Star Challenge in Miami when he was reached by phone on Sunday. LeFevour will test his skills against quarterbacks such as Cincinnati’s Tony Pike and Oregon State’s Sean Canfield among others at Florida International’s football stadium today. The competition will air on Friday.

Afterward, he’ll return to the Athletes' Performance Institute in Pensacola, Fla., where he’s preparing for the NFL combine later this month. Included among his training partners is former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.