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UK's Allen among first 20 to accept

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. (Nov. 20) -- Butkus Award finalist Josh Allen of Kentucky, one of the top linebackers in the nation and a potential first-round draft pick, is among the first 20 players to accept invitations to the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl.

Allen is third in nation in sacks (13), 11thin country in tackles for loss (17.5) and second nationally in forced fumbles (five).

Two quarterbacks have also accepted invitations to the game, both out of the Big Ten. Penn State QB Trace McSorley and Northwestern's Clayton Thorson will be in Mobile in late January.

The 70th Reese's Senior Bowl is set for Jan. 26, 2019 at 1:30pm CT. The game is televised by NFL Network and the practices, which begin on Jan. 22, are televised live by NFL Network and ESPNU.

Here's a look at the first 20 players to accept their invitations:

Johnathan Abram | S | Mississippi St.– Leads Bulldogs with 89 tackles while also making 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four pass deflections and an interception.

Nasir Adderley | S | Delaware– One of the top corners in his conference, was second on team with 79 tackles and let team with seven pass break-ups and four interceptions.

Josh Allen | LB | Kentucky– A Butkus Award (top linebacker) finalist, projected first-round pick is third in nation in sacks (13), 11thin country in tackles for loss (17.5) and second nationally in forced fumbles (five).

Corey Ballentine | CB | Washburn– A first-team all-conference selection in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association had 50 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defensed and three tackles for loss in 2018.

Marquise Blair | S | Utah– Big hitter coming off knee injury in 2017 has bounced back to record 48 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery.

John Cominsky | DL | Charleston– Converted quarterback is now a 285-pound defensive lineman who led conference in tackles for loss in 2017. Third on his team with 55 tackles and 2.5 sacks through eight games in 2018.

Nate Davis | OL | UNC-Charlotte– A pre-season all-conference pick, has made 40 career starts.

Jaylon Ferguson | DL | Louisiana Tech– A Butkus Award semifinalist, broke the Conference USA record for career sacks (38) and is only six shy of all-time NCAA record of 44 (Terrell Suggs). Leads nation with 10.5 through eight games.

Terrill Hanks | LB | New Mexico St.– Fifth player from his school to ever receive a Senior Bowl invite, has compiled 41 career starts for the Aggies, registering 374 tackles over that span, including more than 100 in each of the past two seasons.

Trace McSorley | QB | Penn St.– Winningest quarterback in school history and holds school marks for career passing yards (9,423), passing touchdowns (74), total offense (10,981) and rushing touchdowns by quarterback (27).

Jalin Moore | RB | Appalachian St.– Has missed the past several weeks of the 2018 season with a broken and disclocated ankle, but is attempting to rehab in time to play in the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Finished career at App St. with 3,570 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns. 

Foster Moreau | TE | LSU– Punishing blocker has also grabbed 16 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown this season.

Charles Omenihu | DL | Texas– Has racked up 15 career sacks and 25 tackles for loss in his four seasons in Austin, including career highs in both categories this season (7.5 sacks/12.5 TFL). 

Amani Oruwariye | CB | Penn St.– A semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, has 46 tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions in 2018.

Khalen Saunders | DL | Western Illinois– An All-American in 2017, has 57 tackles (12 for loss), 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2018.

Clayton Thorson | QB | Northwestern– A four-year starter who is schools’ all-time winningest quarterback, has thrown 56 TDs and run for 25 more scores, racking up 10,113 total yards in 50 career games.

Drue Tranquill | LB | Notre Dame– Butkus Award watch lister has 66 tackles (nine for loss), 3.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries in 2018.

Gerald Willis II | DL | Miami (Fla.)– After taking a season off, has dominated this season with 55 tackles (17 for loss), three sacks, five quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

Oshane Ximines | DL | Old Dominion– A Conference USA First-Team Defensive End, holds the season school records for sacks (12), tackles for loss (14) and forced fumbles (4).

Rock Ya-Sin | CB | Temple– A mid-year transfer from Presbyterian College after it moved down from FCS to D-II and made an immediate impact for the Owls. Has recorded 45 tackles (two for loss) and two interceptions.