David Cobb was right back to spending long days in the gym this week after returning to California from the Senior Bowl, where the former Gophers running back continued opening eyes among NFL scouts.

Cobb had 11 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, and added two receptions for 16 yards, helping the North to a 34-13 victory. His first carry was a highlight, as he took a handoff, made a nice cut toward the sideline and sprinted for a 25-yard gain.

I caught up with Cobb on the phone late Tuesday, after his latest workout. He said his goals at the Senior Bowl were "to play fast, play confident and really come out there and compete and show a lot of the fans what I can do. And show some people who doubted what I can do."

From all accounts, Cobb had an impressive week of practice leading up to the game, which could help his draft stock as much as anything. Standing 5-11, he weighed in at 229 pounds. As a rusher, he showed off his vision, balance and ability to make tackler's miss. Beyond that, he proved adept at pass blocking and pass catching, looking like the total package.

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