The Senior Bowl will be taking place on January 28th in Mobile, Alabama, as NFL scouts select the best of the best among the senior class. This event allows those participating to showcase their talents in an exhibition game to try and improve their standing before the NFL draft in April. It is considered the most prestigious postseason college all-star game, since the players are picked by NFL scouts. The Pac 12 finds itself well represented early, as five players from the conference have already accepted invitations.
The group representing the Pac 12 is Northwest heavy, with the Oregon Ducks sending running back Kenjon Barner and linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Oregon State Beavers sending wide receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback Jordan Poyer and the Washington Huskies will be represented by cornerback Desmond Trufant.
It’s a fairly illustrious group of seniors that have enjoyed incredible careers in the Pac 12. Barner, Wheaton, Poyer and Trufant were all named All-Pac 12 first-team honorees while Alonso was named to the second-team All-Pac 12. Poyer also made a strong push as a candidate for the Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year, which ultimately went to Will Sutton of the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Two of the invitees, Barner and Poyer, were also named to the NCAA consensus All-American team. Both players suffered some setbacks this season due to injury, but will try and show their potential at the next level during the Senior Bowl practices.
The rosters are far from set and more Pac 12 seniors will likely get invites as other candidates accept or decline the invitation. Some seniors that could still get the invite include: Jonathan Franklin, Stepfan Taylor, Matt Scott, Matt Barkley, Zach Ertz, Trent Murphy, T.J. McDonald, Shayne Skov or Michael Clay just to name a few.
There will never be room for every deserving senior football player at the Senior Bowl, but the Pac 12 is sending some excellent representatives that will represent the conference proudly, both in Mobile this January and at the next level for years to come.