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2017 GAME

First dozen players accept invitations

Mon, Nov 14, 2016

MOBILE (Nov. 14) -- The first twelve seniors from around the nation have accepted invitations to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, including California quarterback Davis Webb and Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington, the NCAA's all-time leading receiver in yardage and touchdowns.

"We're excited to begin the process of building our rosters," said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "This group is a good indication of how strong this year's class of skill position players is and we look forward to bringing in all of the top seniors from around the country for this year's game."

Reese's Senior Bowl week begins on Jan. 23, 2017 and concludes with the game on Jan. 28 at 1:30pmCT at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The week's practices will be televised live on ESPN2 and the game will air on NFL Network.

Players accepting invitations on Nov. 14 (alphabetical order):

Toby Baker, PT, Arkansas – Ray Guy Award watch list punter and a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy. Averaging 44.5 yards per punt this season with a season-long of 59 yards.  

Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse – Graduate-transfer from Maryland has 78 receptions for 1,242 yards and eight touchdowns through ten games. Has had two 200-yard receiving games in 2016, set a school single-game record with 270 yards and broke Marvin Harrison’s school single-season receiving record. 

Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama - One of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) who ranks second nationally among tight ends with nearly 71 yards receiving per game in 2016. Has 41 receptions for 637 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Nate Gerry, DS, Nebraska – 59 tackles with seven tackles for loss and four interceptions in 2016. School’s career leader in tackles for loss as a defensive back and one interception shy of the school record with 13 career picks.


Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington – NCAA all-time leader in receiving yards (5,994) and receiving touchdowns (68) and FCS all-time leader in receptions. 85 receptions for 1,230 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016.

Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown - A 2015 AP Little All-American and Division II All-American.

Taylor Moton, OG, Western Michigan – Four-year starter on the offensive line. One of the most efficient and consistent right offensive tackles in 2016. Versatile lineman that started every game at right guard as a junior before moving back to tackle this year. 

Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech – Do-it-all versatile weapon as a lead blocker, runner, receiver and threw a touchdown pass this season. Has a career-high three receiving touchdowns to along with 138 rushing yards in 2016.

Seth Russell, QB, Baylor - Threw for 2,126 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2016 before suffering a potential season-ending injury this past weekend. His status for the 2017 game is uncertain. Holds eight school passing records and was candidate for multiple postseason awards, including the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards.

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina - Two-time All-America return man for the Tar Heels who has already recorded 74 receptions for 763 yards and three touchdowns so far in 2016. Electrifying punt returner who tied an NCAA record in 2014 with five punt return touchdowns and is now one shy of the career mark of eight punt return touchdowns.

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky – Nation’s third-leading receiver through week 11 with 1,340 yards on 77 receptions and 13 touchdowns. School’s all-time leader in receiving and touchdowns. 

Davis Webb, QB, Cal - The Texas Tech graduate transfer in his first season at Cal. An All-American candidate and Maxwell Award watch lister has thown for 3,600 yards and 33 touchdowns in the Bears' first 10 games of the season.