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2017 GAME

King among 18 additions to roster

Wed, Nov 30, 2016

MOBILE (Nov. 28) -- Eighteen more players have accepted their invitations to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, including reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner (best defensive back) Desmond King of Iowa.

King is joined by Auburn DT Montravius Adams, Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie, Texas A&M safety Justin Evans, UCLA DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley and Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle.

The 18 new additions to the roster push the total number of accepted invites to 47. The Reese's Senior Bowl will bring in 110 of the top seniors and fourth-year junior graduates this coming January. Practices on NFL Network and ESPN2 start on Jan. 24 with kickoff of the 68th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl set for 1:30pmCT on Jan. 28.

This week's additions to the roster (alphabetical order):

Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn – All-SEC performer with a career-high 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks this season. Also has an interception and two blocked kicks.

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado – Four-year starter that’s been vital to the turnaround in Boulder. Versatile defender used in many ways that can play multiple spots.

Tarell Basham, DE/OLB, Ohio – A dominant pass rusher in the MAC with 9.0 sacks this season. School’s all-time leader in sacks.

Matt Dayes, RB, North Carolina State – NC State’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002. Do-it-all back with six touchdowns in the final three games.

Jake Elliott, PK, Meomphis – Four-year starter and school’s all-time leading scorer, passing Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Iowa CB Desmond King 

Justin Evans, DS, Texas A&M – Big hitting safety that transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and became one of SEC’s top defenders. 85 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 4 interceptions this season.

Kyle Fuller, OC, Baylor – 37 career starters at center for one of the nation’s best offenses. Second-team All-Big 12 in 2015 and Rimington Trophy watch list.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, DS, Louisville – Transfer from Georgia. Big hybrid safety with over 140 tackles the last two seasons.

Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville – Transfer from Sacramento State. Preseason Mackey Award watch list that’s put together a solid receiving season with 656 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Desmond King, CB, Iowa – 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s best defensive back. All-American has 10 interceptions in the last two seasons.

Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky – Four-year starter with 39 straight starts entering 2016. Has been a stalwart at left tackle and performed well against top competition.

Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA – All-Pac-12 performer and athletic pass protector that began his career as a tight end. Paved the way for UCLA’s third-leading rusher in school history in 2015.

Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA – One of the nation’s best pass rushers has enjoyed a breakout senior season with 10 sacks.

Obi Melifonwu, DS, Connecticut – Four-year starter that began his career as Freshman All-America. Team’s leading tackler with 118 tackles this season and four interceptions.

Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M – Tall lanky receiver that’s scored a touchdown in seven straight games to finish 2016 and averaged over 17.0 yards per catch in his career.

Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas – All-SEC tight end that led SEC tight ends with 6 touchdown receptions in 2015.

Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville – Former UAB receiver that finished his career at Louisville with 16.7 yards per reception.

Jon Toth, OC, Kentucky – Chose Kentucky over several MAC offers and became a four-year starter in the SEC with 47 consecutive starts.