Senior Bowl wrap: Georgia players Kenny McIntosh, Chris Smith and Jack Podlesny close out careers

Georgia tailback Kenny McIntosh reaches high to pull in a pass from Max Duggan at the Senior Bowl on Feb. 4, 2023, in Mobile, Ala.
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MOBILE, Ala. — Kenny McIntosh, Chris Smith, Jack Podlesny and Warren McClendon closed their Georgia careers as national champs, but their Senior Bowl all-star team was on the wrong end of a 27-10 final score on Saturday.

The National team emerged victorious over the American at Hancock Whitney Stadium, with Fresno State QB Jake Haener earning MVP honors, 12-of-19 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown.

McIntosh had 2 carries for 9 yards and a catch for 6 yards, playing the first half before exiting with a hyperextended elbow. McIntosh attempted to go back in, but was held out as a precaution.

Smith had four tackles and did not allow any completions in coverage, while Podlesny was 1 for 2 on field goals, hitting a 35-yarder and missing from 30.

Georgia captain and offensive tackle Warren McClendon had a strong week of practice but did not play.

McClendon didn’t specify but indicated he could have played if necessary. McClendon is just two months removed from a sprained knee suffered in the SEC title game and suffered a minor head injury in a well-documented tragic car accident three weeks ago.

American head coach Luke Getsy, the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, shared how the players who came to the 74th annual Senior Bowl got a leg up on others in the draft evaluation process.

“We want to see guys that love to compete and play the game,” Getsy said on the NFL Network. “It was fun going in the meeting rooms and seeing how they got to work, and seeing how they learn.”


National 27, American 10, 4:08

• Stanford’s Michael Wilson from Fresno State’s Jake Haener.

National 20, American 10, 13:20:

13:14 mark: Chris Smith with the tackle on Evan Hull after 4-yard gain.

Virginia cornerback Anthony Johnson with a 37-yard Pick-6 of Louisville QB Malik Cunningham. Tennessee’s Byron Young with the QB pressure.


0:00: Jack Podlesny misses 30-yard field.

National 20, American 3, 2:07

Chad Ryland 42-yard field goal. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards.

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