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ACCEPTED INVITES

Rudolph among 18 to accept invites this week

Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Mobile, Ala. (Dec. 12) -- Eighteen more players have accepted invitations to the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl, including Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington, Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagali and Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi.

Rudolph is the fifth quarterback to accept an invitation to the game. He recently won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as nation's top quarterback. Rudolph finished the regular season as the leading passer in the FBS, both in terms of passing yards (4,553) and passing yards per game (379.4) and he also leads the FBS in points responsible for per game (22.5). He ranks second in the FBS in both total offense (4,582) and total offense per game (381.8).

He joins Luke Falk (Washington State), Mike White (Western Kentucky), Kurt Benkert (Virginia) and Kyle Lauletta (Richmond) in the group of quarterbacks to accept invitations to the 2018 game.

The first four Auburn Tigers have accepted their invitations, with guard Braden Smith expected to accept his invite soon. Placekicker Daniel Carlson, a three-time Lou Groza Award finalist, is joined by linebacker Tre' Williams, safety Tray Matthews and long snapper Ike Powell. 

The latest group of accepted invites pushes the roster total to 81. As the game approaches, that number will grow to around 110 players who will come to Mobile to compete in practices, interview with the 32 NFL clubs and then play in the 69th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl on January 27, 2018 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game starts at 1:30pm CT and is televised live on NFL Network.

Today's accepted invites (alphabetical): 

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia – Walter Camp All-American leads all safeties with 121 tackles and has 4 interceptions in 2017. Virginia’s all-time leading tackler with 479 total stops, which is the most by a defensive back in ACC history.
Christian Campbell, CB, Penn State – Emerged as a height-weight-speed prospect as a first-year full-time starter. Had a pass breakup in seven straight games starting in last year’s Rose Bowl. Coached by Senior Bowl Hall of Famer Woodrow Lowe in high school.
Daniel Carlson, PK, Auburn – Three-time Lou Groza Award finalist. All-time leading scorer in SEC history.
Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin – Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Award in the Big Ten. All-American finished with 516 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2017.
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP – Four-year starter at left guard with 49 consecutive starts. Pro Football Focus All-American, First-Team All-Conference USA.
Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State – 6-foot-5, 270-pounder with versatility to rush the passer from inside and outside. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.
Tray Matthews, S, Auburn – Four-year starter in the SEC beginning at Georgia. Transferred to Auburn in 2014. Tigers’ second-leading tackler in 2017.
Kamrin Moore, CB, Boston College – Three-year starter led the team with 9 pass breakups in 2017.
Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina – All-SEC and four-year starter excelled after missing 2016 with a herniated disk. Gamecocks’ all-time leader with 14 interceptions and just the 15th player in NCAA history to lead his team in tackles four seasons in a row.
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State – One of the top interior defensive linemen in the country as a First-Team All-ACC three-year starter on the Noles defense. 3.5 sacks in 2017.
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan – First-Team All-MAC starter at left tackle the last two seasons after moving from right tackle. Third straight Bronco offensive lineman in the Senior Bowl. Will be just 20 years old on Draft Day.
Ike Powell, LS, Auburn – Former walk-on has been the starting snapper the last three seasons on the plains with snap times under .70.
Frank Ragnow, OC, Arkansas – All-American enter and No.2-ranked center by ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Has started at guard and center. Suffered season-ending injury vs. Auburn.
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State - Won Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as nation's top quarterback. Rudolph finished the regular season as the leading passer in the FBS, both in terms of passing yards (4,553) and passing yards per game (379.4) and he also leads the FBS in points responsible for per game (22.5). He ranks second in the FBS in both total offense (4,582) and total offense per game (381.8).
Jaylen Samuels, FB/RB/TE, NC State – First-Team All-ACC all-purpose offensive weapon. Career-high 69 receptions for 551 yards and career-high 383 rushing yards with 15 total touchdowns in 2017.
Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame – 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end that poses as a receiving threat and a blocker. Career-high 18.0 yards per catch in 2017.
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State – Nation’s leading receiver with 1,423 yards. Biletnikoff Award winner as College Football’s top receiver and seventh unanimous All-American in school history.
Tre' Williams. LB, Auburn - Mobile, Ala., native, host of the Reese's Senior Bowl. Recorded 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season despite missing two games and leaving early in three others due to the injury.