Mon, Dec 01, 2014
Mobile, Ala. -- (Dec. 1) With the regular season complete for most teams around the country, the eyes of some of the nation’s top players have turned to the future and the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Twenty-two seniors committed to play in the nation’s premier all-star game in the past week, pushing the total number of players accepting invitations for January’s game to 63.
Shelton is one of the top defensive players in the nation.
Among those committing to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton (6-2, 339 lbs), likely a first-round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. He is among the nation’s top defensive players, recording 16.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks this season.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will invite 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 3pmCT 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:
David Cobb | RB | Minnesota: Has rushed for 1,350 yards this year on 254 carries (11 TDs) and is 114 yards shy of tying Laurence Maroney's single-season school rushing record of 1,464 yards.
Corey Crawford | DE | Clemson: Joins teammates Stephone Anthony and Grady Jarrett at Reese’s Senior Bowl; has 23 tackles (seven for loss) and two sacks.
Devante Davis | WR | UNLV: Has good size (6-3, 209) and despite playing just eight games due to injury, has 34 receptions for 599 yards and four touchdowns.
Quandre Diggs | CB | Texas: A two-time All Big-12 selection, has 11 career interceptions (ninth-best in school history).
Phillip Dorsett | WR | Miami: In 2014, has 31 receptions for 826 yards, nine touchdowns and an amazing 26.6 yard average; was clocked at 4.21 in the 40-yard dash.
Andrew East | LS | Vanderbilt: One of top long snappers in the country, has handled Commodores snaps four straight seasons.
Kaleb Eulls | DL | Mississippi State: Has recorded 33 tackles (three for loss) and three sacks so far this season.
Ladarius Gunter | DB | Miami: In 12 games this season, has 26 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups.
Josh Harper | WR | Fresno State: A second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2013, the speedster has 76 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014.
Anthony Harris | S | Virginia: All-ACC performer, was Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated All-American as a junior in 2013 when he led nation with eight interceptions; has 108 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and 10 breakups in 2014.
Rob Havenstein | OL | Wisconsin: Massive man (6’8, 333 lbs); Outland Trophy and Lombardi watch lister has blocked for the likes of Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon.
Jordan Hicks | LB | Texas: Through 11 games in 2014, leads Longhorns in tackles (136), is second in tackles for loss (12) and fourth in interceptions (2); named semifinalist for Bednarik Award (top defensive player in nation).
Dezmin Lewis | WR | Central Arkansas: Has 64 receptions for 945 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.
Tony Lippett | WR | Michigan State: In 2014, has recorded career highs in receptions (56), receiving yards (1,071) and touchdowns (10) and is just fourth Spartan to record at least 50 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. Leads Big 10 in receiving yards per game (97.4) and touchdowns (10).
Steven Nelson | CB | Oregon State: Has been Beaver’s shutdown corner with two interceptions, eight pass break-ups and 10 passes defended in 2014. Had six interceptions in 2013 (ranked seventh nationally).
Damarious Randall | S | Arizona State: Pensacola, Fla. native, leads nation with nine solo tackles per game; 101 tackles in 2014 (9.5 for loss), one sack, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and 11 passes defended.
Tyler Sambrailo | OL | Colorado State: Potential first-round pick who was on Lombardi Award watch list, has graded above 90 percent in every game he’s played; made 13 knockdown blocks.
Danny Shelton | DT | Washington: Huge defensive lineman (6’2, 339 lbs); all Pac-12 performer who is among the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss (16.5) and sacks (9).
Derron Smith | S | Fresno State: First team All-Mountain West player; voted preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the conference; has 80 tackles, (2.5 for loss), an interception and two fumble recoveries in 2014.
Martrell Spaight | LB | Arkansas: Leader of the Razorbacks’ defense, has 123 tackles (55 more than any other player), 8.5 tackles for loss and an interception.
Lynden Trail | LB | Norfolk State: University of Florida transfer has turned heads at the FCS level; the 6’7, 250lb linebacker has 91 tackles (11.5 for loss) and five sacks.
Daryl Williams | OL | Oklahoma: 6’6, 329 tackle was a second team All-Big 12 selection a year ago.