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2012 Senior Bowl: Game Preview And History

The 2012 Senior Bowl is set to kick off Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 PM, so it's an opportune time to take a look back at the game's history.

The game, first played in 1950, enables the nation's top seniors to showcase their talents prior to the NFL Draft despite the college bowl season ending. In addition, players work with NFL coaching staffs for the game, which allows them a taste of what practice and preparation feel like at the next level of play. In the 2012 game, the Minnesota Vikings will coach the North team, while the Washington Redskins will coach the South.

The South team leads the all-time series, 29-26-3, and has won three of the last five games. In the most recent game, former Florida State Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder earned MVP honors by completing 7-of-13 passes for 132 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He helped the South jump out to a 17-0 lead in a game it'd ultimately win by a 24-10 final. Minnesota subsequently used the No. 12 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to select the Dallas native.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream on SB Nation DC for the latest news and updates about the 2012 Senior Bowl.