MOBILE, Ala. (Dec. 15) – A dozen more talented seniors from across the nation have accepted invitations to next month’s Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Among the latest 12 to add their name to the roster: LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins, an All-SEC first team selection who was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player by his teammates; West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver; and Florida State’s Nick O’Leary, the winner of the 2014 Mackey Award, given to college football’s top tight end.
“This group of players represents a cross-reference of outstanding play at almost every position,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “From QB Garrett Grayson to TE Nick O’Leary and WR’s Kevin White and Tyler Lockett, there is quality offensive skill talent that is matched with the pass rush ability of Markus Golden and two terrific defensive backs in Doran Grant and Kevin White of TCU.”
The dozen players added to the roster today pushes the total number of accepted invites to 86.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl has invited 110 players to fill the rosters of the North and South squads for this year’s game. Practices are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The game is set to kickoff at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 24 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
All of the practices and the game will be televised by NFL Network.
Announcements of accepted invites will first be made on Twitter (@seniorbowl) and on our Facebook page every Monday through mid-January.
Here’s a brief bio on each of the players in this week’s group of accepted invites:
ACCEPTED INVITES 12.8.14 | alphabetical order
broll of Collins, Golden, Lockett, O’Leary and White (WVU) on FTP (info above)
La’el Collins | OT | LSU: An All-SEC first team selection by the Associated Press and coaches, received the coveted Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the SEC and Sunday night was voted LSU’s Most Valuable Player.
SAVAGE: “La’el has played tackle at LSU, but some NFL scouts project him inside for the pros. He will likely get reps at both, which will increase his value due to the versatility he brings to the table.”
Clayton Geathers | S | Central Florida: Named first team All-AAC after posting 83 tackles (six for loss), one interception and nine pass break-ups.
Markus Golden | DE |Missouri: Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury early in the season, still managed 68 tackles and nine sacks this season and was named to the All-SEC second team.
SAVAGE: “This All-SEC performer has a quick first step and plays with a relentless effort. NFL teams will want to see him play as an outside linebacker, too.”
Doran Grant | CB | Ohio State: A first team All-Big Ten selection after grabbing five interceptions this season to go with his nine pass break-ups and 14 passes defended.
Garrett Grayson | QB | Colorado State: Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year holds every school career passing record of note and set single-season records with 3,779 passing yards and 32 touchdowns in 2014.
SAVAGE: “Garrett really responded to Coach Jim McElwain’s coaching and put together an outstanding senior year with 32 touchdowns against only six interceptions.”
Jeff Heuerman | TE | Ohio State: Named second team All-Big Ten after catching 17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.
Tyler Lockett | WR | Kansas State: Broke father’s school records for receptions (236), yards (3,546) and touchdowns (27), was a first team All-Big 12 pick, Walter Camp All-American, and was also named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year.
Justin Manton | PK/P | Louisiana-Monroe: Will handle kicking and punting duties at the Reese’s Senior Bowl after being named a first team All-Sun Belt kicker (20-24, 83%) and second team punter (42.4 ave.) in 2014.
Connor Neighbors | FB | LSU: Shared LSU’s Outstanding Offense Award with teammate La’el Collins this season, helping pave the way for a rushing offense averaging 219 yards per game this season.
SAVAGE: “Connor represents a 3rd generation Neighbors to have played in the Senior Bowl, which is unique in itself. He is a physical blocker that has led the way for the Tigers’ rushing attack in 2014.”
Nick O’Leary | TE | Florida State: An All-ACC first team pick, Walter Camp first team All-American and winner of the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. O’Leary has 47 receptions for 614 yards and six touchdowns and is the all-time school leader for tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
SAVAGE: “Nick won the Mackey Award because of his consistent play and crunch time performance for the Seminoles who have now won 29 games in a row during his time as a starter.”
Kevin White | CB | TCU: A second team All-Big 12 selection who had 49 tackles (four for loss), two interceptions, 11 pass break-ups and 13 passes defended in 2014.
Kevin White | WR | West Virginia: One of the breakout stars of the 2014 season, was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the top wide receiver in the country. Has 102 receptions for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
SAVAGE: “After transferring from junior college, he has blossomed into an All-American level player who projects well to the next level. At 6’3, he can elevate for the football, yet has the speed to run past people, too.”
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