Alabama has more players in the prestigious Senior Bowl than does any other Southeastern Conference team, and the national champion Crimson Tide almost certainly has more representatives in the game than any other team in the nation.
Bama is coming off a 21-0 win over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game to cap a 12-1 season and earn the Tide its 14th national championship. The six men who will play in the Senior Bowl were all instrumental in Alabama success.
Selected from the game from Bama are safety Mark Barron of Mobile, nose tackle Josh Chapman of Hoover, wide receiver Marquis Maze of Birmingham, cornerback DeQuan Menzie of Columbus, Ga., linebacker Courtney Upshaw of Eufaula, and center William Vlachos of Birmingham.
They are among 51 players from the Southeastern Conference selected for a post-season all-star game. There are 23 SEC players scheduled for the Senior Bowl – two from Arkansas, two from Auburn, two from Florida, four from Georgia, three from LSU, one from Mississippi State, two from South Carolina, and one from Vanderbilt.
Alabama has three high-profile juniors who will be going into the NFL draft, but the Senior Bowl does not select those with eligibility remaining to participate in its game. Thus, tailback Trent Richardson of Pensacola, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Gadsden, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower of Lewisburg, Tenn., will not have the opportunity to play in the Mobile classic.
SEC players – though none from Alabama – are also scheduled to play in the Casino Del Sol in Tucson on Jan. 16; the East-West Shrine from St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 21; and the Battle of Florida in Boa Raton on Jan. 21.