Three players with Rose City connections will be competing in The Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.
Two former John Tyler High School graduates are on the South squad - University of Houston’s Tyus Bowser and Mississippi State’s Fred Ross. Also, former Tyler Junior College standout Josh Reynolds, who completed his career at Texas A&M, is on the South team.
The Senior Bowl annually features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South.
“To have 500 former players on active NFL rosters emphasizes the fact that each year the Senior Bowl features the future stars of the league,” Phil Savage, Senior Bowl Executive Director, said.
Some of the current NFL stars who have played in the Senior Bowl include Dallas Cowboys center Zack Martin, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, among others.
Kickoff from Ladd-Peebles Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday. It will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
The 6-3, 244-pound Bowser, listed as an outside linebacker, closed out his career at U of H as No. 7 on the career sacks list with 21.5. He started 23 games in his career with action in 48 games. He also had eight pass breakups, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his four-year career at UH.
The athletic Bowser, who will wear jersey No. 5, also played two seasons on the Cougar basketball team.
Ross, listed at 6-1, 203, was a favorite receiver of current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen called Ross one of the top receivers in MSU history.
Ross was the first MSU wide receiver to earn back-to-back of first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. He shattered seven school records - three single seasons and four career. He is the school record holder in consecutive games with a reception (35), receptions (199), 100-yard receiving games (10) and receiving yards (2,528).
The former high school PARADE All-American graduated from the Starkville, Mississippi school in December with a degree in human sciences. He will wear No. 8 in the contest just as he has since a freshman at JT.
I’m sure Prescott wouldn’t mind the Cowboys drafting Ross.
It is hard to believe that Reynolds was lightly recruited out of San Antonio Jay High School.
TJC coach Danny Palmer has a knack for finding NFL-caliber wide receivers and he was sure Reynolds had that ability.
In his one season with the Apaches, Reynolds had 44 catches for 782 yards and 12 touchdowns.
A&M coach Kevin Sumlin quickly snatched up Reynolds and the 6-3,187-pounder was a standout for the Aggies the last three years.
His A&M career includes 164 catches for 2,788 yards and 30 TDs.
Reynolds will wear No. 81.