Wed, Sep 03, 2014
MOBILE -- Seventy six players who participated in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl have made an initial 53-man roster in the NFL, with another 23 either on the practice squad or injured reserve. So, as the season kicks off Thursday night in Seattle, 99 players from the 2014 game are in the league in some fashion.
Carr is the only rookie QB to earn a week one start.
"With our 'draft' coming six months before the NFL Draft as we set North and South rosters, 99 rookies from the 2014 game appears to be a strong number," said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.
Among the 76 on active rosters are six of the seven quarterbacks who were in Mobile. Only Clemson's Tajh Boyd failed to make a club. The seventh quarterback, Georgia's Aaron Murray, participated in off-field interviews and the weigh-in but was unable to practice because of a knee injury suffered late in the season.
Of those six quarterbacks, Fresno State's Derek Carr -- the first QB selected in the draft from the Reese's Senior Bowl -- will be the only rookie to start on week one. Carr, a second-round pick, gets the nod for the Oakland Raiders when they take on the New York Jets on Sunday.
''I really wasn't thinking about being the starter, being the backup,'' Carr told FOX Sports. ''I was really focused on learning the offense the best that I could so that way, when I got out on the field, whenever that time was, I could help this team win. Because that's all I care about, the Raiders winning.''
Several of the 'small school' prospects brought in by Savage made NFL clubs, including: Liberty's Walt Aikens (Miami), Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo (New England), Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon (Minnesota), Princeton's Caraun Reid (NY Jets), Coastal Carolina's Lorenzo Taliaferro (Baltimore), Montana's Jordan Tripp (Miami), North Dakota State's Billy Turner (Miami), Lindenwood's Pierre Desir (Cleveland), Marshall's Gator Hoskins (Miami), Saginaw Valley State's Jeff Janis (Green Bay), and Utah State's Nevin Lawson (Detroit).