College football's top all-star game is beginning to take shape with 14 players currently scheduled to attend. Every year 110 players participate in a week of practices in front of NFL evaluators, culminating in a Saturday game. This year's Senior Bowl game takes place on Jan. 25.
Arguably the top player who has accepted an invitation is Fresno State's Derek Carr. The quarterback is putting together a stellar season with 3,948 yards passing with 39 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Carr is completing 69.7 percent of his passes and hasn't thrown and interception since Oct. 5 against Idaho.
Aaron Murray of Georgia was invited and intended on playing. But a torn ACL will keep him out of the Senior Bowl, and possibly stop him from participating in much of the pre-draft process. Murray has always been known as a film room junkie, so he'll have to prove his football IQ off the field to maintain any draft status, which shifts between the third and fifth rounds.
Here are the player who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl:
|Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin|
|Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech|
|Joe Bitonio, OT, Nevada|
|Chris Boswell, K, Rice|
|Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State|
|Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern|
|Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State|
|Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU|
|Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia|
|Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton|
|Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas|
|Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas|
|Brent Urban, DT, Virginia|
|Kirby Van Der Camp, P, Iowa State|
Don't expect Colter to play quarterback in Mobile. He'll most likely be moved to wide receiver. Colter was knocked out of Saturday's game with an upper body injury.
The Senior Bowl is still sending out invitations to players. Word has leaked about several other players receiving invitations. Among them are TCU cornerback Jason Verrett, BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses.
The Senior Bowl has also extended an invitation to Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Following a game against Miami (OH) in which he forced three fumbles and had three sacks, Mack may not need the bump the Senior Bowl can provide.
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