The Senior Bowl's 2014 Watch List includes more than 400 student athletes from nearly every level of college football. These are the players who we are looking to fill the 110 roster spots that form the North and South squads for the nation's premier all-star game. A player not on the initial list can be added to the watch list during the season and be invited to the 2014 game. Here's a look at the top seniors to keep an eye on this season:
Birmingham native best known now for game-winning TD return off missed FG to win the 2013 Iron Bowl. Three-year starter for the Tigers, has 65 total tackles (including 10 vs. Alabama) and 12 pass breakups.
One of the most feared pass rushers in the SEC, registering 12.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries in 2013.
Three-year starter who was an All-Big 12 pick just two years ago. Had a solid junior campaign that saw him lead the team with 11 pass break ups and finish 4th on the squad with a career-high 74 tackles.
Has played in 41 games during his career, 33 starts.
Anchor of the Bulldog frontline and three-year starter for the Maroon and White, considered a top-five offensive lineman for the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2012, earned First-Team All-SEC honors (AP). Started all 13 games at left guard on an offensive line that gave up the second-fewest sacks in the SEC (29th nationally) and did not personally give up a sack all season.
Started all 49 games of his career at right tackle (school record), helped Vols to most rushing yards in nine seasons (2,261).
Has 19 receptions for 318 yards and 3 TD in 2013, including 4 catches for 75 yards and a TD against Auburn. Named to Mackey Award Preseason and Midseason list (nation’s best tight end).
2013 Chucky Mullins Award Winner and will wear the No. 38 jersey in honor of Mullins throughout the 2013 season. Played in every game last season with 12 starts at Mike linebacker and finished 3rd on the team and 35th in the SEC with 78 tackles. Was 2nd on team and 18th in SEC with 10.5 TFLs. Also had 2.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Named one of six semifinalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy Award, given to the nation's top interior lineman, on offense or defense. First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association in 2012. Earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and the Associated Press and earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP. Part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense. Son of Pro Football HOF lineman Bruce Matthews. Likely to switch to left tackle in 2013.
All-time SEC career leader in receptions (364) and yards (4,950). Is first SEC player with 90 receptions or more in back-to-back seasons and is the first player in conference history to record 100 receptions in one season. In 2013, has 107 receptions for 1,334 yards and can add to those numbers in Vanderbilt's bowl game.
Two-time national champion QB who led nation with 173.08 passer efficiency rating in 2012. One of five finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, semifinalist for Davey O'Brien and Maxwell awards, AP third team All-American and consensus second team All-SEC. Record of 24-2 as the Alabama starter (tied for fifth-most wins in school history and second in win percentage at .923), threw 30 TDs and just 3 INT in 2012. Native of Mobile, AL, home of the Senior Bowl.
Stands 6’8”, 360 pounds, will be the largest player at the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl. In 12 games this season, had 33 total tackles (4.5 for loss) and half of a sack.
Named to preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Tore his ACL on 11/23 against Kentucky and will miss the remainder of his final season. In 11 games in 2013, threw for for 3,075 yards, 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He has thrown 121 career touchdowns -- an SEC record. In 2012, finished with 3,893 yards passing, 36 TD passes, completing 249-of-388, and finished second in the country with a 174.82 rating, which is the highest single season rating in school history. Set the school's single-season passing yardage record with 3,893 yards, single-season total offense record with 3,825 yards, single season TD passing record with 36. Only SEC player that is also an academic All-American.
Is 13-17 on field goals in 2013, including 5-6 from 40-49 yards. On 83 kickoffs, has 59 touchbacks.
Starting fullback who was a FWAA Courage Award weekly honoree in 2012. The Mobile, AL, native obtained an NCAA waiver to transfer from Illinois in January on 2012 as his mother was battling brain cancer. Scored first career TD on a 1-yard run against New Mexico State last season.
In his career, (through 10 games in 2013) has played in 41 games with 25 starts and recorded 116 tackles, 29.5 for loss with 20.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble. His sacks total is tied for 12th on the school's all-time list. He and Jadeveon Clowney are the only returners in the SEC with 9.0 sacks or more in 2012. Last season, started all 12 games and was named honorable-mention All-SEC after recording 52 tackles, 13.0 for loss with 9.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
A 2013 Rimington Trophy candidate (best center), Swanson has started all 48 games of his Razorback career, tied for the 2nd-longest active streak in the country, and blocked for three seasons with a 3,000-yard passer, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010.
In 2013, third on team with 52 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss and has seven pass breakups.