26 players added to Reese's Senior Bowl Roster
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
The Reese's Senior Bowl roster continues to grow in size and talent with the addition of 26 more players today.
Among the latest group to accept invitations to the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl are Boston College linebacker Harold Landry, San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny, Mississippi State OT Martinas Rankin and Texas A&M safety Armani Watts.
Four of the game's quarterbacks are also in the group: Luke Falk (Washington State), Kyle Lauletta (Richmond), Kurt Benkert (Virginia) and Mike White (Western Kentucky).
This week's group of accepted invites pushes the roster total to 63. Eventually, 110 players will form the North/South rosters for the 69th annual Reese's Senior Bowl, scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is at 1:30pm and will be televised live on NFL Network.
Here's a look at all 26 players added to the roster today (alphabetical):
- Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State – Big-bodied receiver that garnered Second Team All-Big 12 after returning from 2016 injury. 1,049 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2017 with nearly 20 yards per catch.
- Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State – Big, versatile back that’s been a part of Sun Devils explosive offense in the running and passing game. Holds FBS record with 8 total touchdowns in a single game in 2016.
- Nick Bawden, FB, San Diego State - 2016 Pro Football Focus First-Team All-American. Began his career at quarterback before switching to fullback to become the lead blocker for one of the nation’s best ground games.
- Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia – Two-year starter after graduate-transferring from East Carolina. First quarterback in UVA history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. 3,062 yards, 25 touchdowns, 8 interceptions in 2017.
- Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia – Former 5-star recruit. Versatile defensive lineman that’s recorded 22 tackles for loss and 9 sacks in the last two seasons for the Cavaliers.
- Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State – Division II All-American. Four-year starter, only player in history to be GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year all four years. First player from Humboldt State to be invited to Senior Bowl.
- Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State – Defensive leader for No. 2 team in the FCS. Only FCS player to be recognized by the Butkus Award. Leads the Bison with 4.5 sacks.
- Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest – 2017 Second-Team All-ACC. Team-leading 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks in 2017. 10.5 sacks in 2016.
- Luke Falk, QB, Washington State – Former walk-on turned Pac-12’s all-time leading passer in yards and touchdowns. 68.3 career completion percentage with 14,481 career yards and 119 career touchdown passes. Winner of 2017 Burlsworth Trophy.
- Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia – Physically gifted left tackle and No. 1 junior college tackle recruit that joined UWG in 2017 from Contra Costa Community College. Began his career at Texas.
- B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State – Workhorse defensive lineman with 43 career starts. 56 tackles with 3 sacks and a blocked field goal as Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2017.
- Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia – 2017 First-Team All-ACC and Campbell Trophy finalist. Fourth nationally with 134 total tackles in 2017. 400 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 19 sacks in his career.
- Harold Landry, DE, Boston College – One of the nation’s best pass rushers. 2016 All-American that set single-season Boston College record with 16.5 sacks.
- Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond – CAA Offensive Player of the Year and Richmond’s all-time leader in passing yards (10,465), passing touchdowns (73) and total offense (10,651). 3,516 yards, 27 touchdowns, 10 interceptions in 2017.
- Cole Madison, OT, Washington State – Four-year starter at right tackle. All-Pac-12 and a 2016 Pro Football Focus All-American.
- J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri – All-SEC receiver with career-high 1,017 yards, 10 touchdowns in 2017. SEC’s leading receiver in 2016 and first Tiger since Danario Alexander in 2009 to have four straight games of 130 or more yards.
- Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State – Nation’s leading rusher with 2,027 yards. The only 2,000-yard rusher in the country. Finished 2017 with four straight 200-yard rushing games. Also tied NCAA record with 7 career kick return touchdowns. 2017 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.
- Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan – Electric return man and ball-hawking defensive back. Tied NCAA career-record with five interception return touchdowns. Three interceptions, one pick-six, 2 kick return touchdowns in 2017.
- Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State – 2017 Kent Hull Trophy as state of Mississippi’s top offensive lineman. One of the nation’s top offensive lineman. Former No. 1 juco offensive tackle recruit.
- Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State – DII All-American. Athletic interior defensive lineman led team with 12.5 tackles for loss. Has 29 tackle for loss and 14 sacks in career.
- M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina – All-ACC performer that returned for senior season. 12 pass breakups in 2017, 47 in his career. 6 career interceptions.
- Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech – 2016 & 2017 First-Team All-ACC. Three-plus-year starter. Only guard in the country by Pro Football Focus to not allow multiple pressures.
- Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers – Physically gifted pass rusher that began career as a Freshman All-American. 15.5 sacks in his career.
- Fred Warner, LB, BYU – Athletic linebacker finished career with 259 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, 7 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) and five fumble recoveries.
- Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M – Four-year starter and All-American finished with 327 career tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions.
- Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky – All-Conference USA quarterback with 8,189 passing yards, 61 touchdowns, 14 interceptions in two years as starter at WKU. Pocket passer began career at South Florida.
You can see all 63 accepted invites at seniorbowl.com.