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2007 Senior Bowl Invitations
Quarterback Notre Dame signal caller Brady Quinn will get an invite, but it remains to be seen if he shows up. After a disappointing season in '06, Quinn has a lot to gain from a big Senior Bowl week. Ditto for Drew Stanton, who has been extended an invitation. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith is likely to be in Mobile. So will UTEP's Jordan Palmer, whose older brother secured himself as the first pick of the draft in '03 with a strong week in Mobile. Houston's Kevin Kolb is another quarterback expected to play in the Senior Bowl. Stanford's Trent Edwards is also likely to receive an invitation. Edwards, who had his season cut short with injury, may wait until the last minute to see if he is healthy enough to play. If he can't go the belief is John Beck from BYU will fill in. Running Back/Fullback Rutgers's Brian Leonard has been extended an invitation at fullback. At running back Kenny Irons of Auburn has been invited as has Tony Hunt of Penn State. Though he cooled down after a great start to the season Garrett Wolfe of Northern Illinois is expected to receive an invitation for the week. A decision is still being made on Ken Darby, though the home field advantage for the Alabama senior makes him a likely recipient of an invitation despite his terrible campaign in '06. Tight End/Wide Receiver Oregon State's Joe Newton and Scott Chandler of Iowa are tight ends already invited to the Senior Bowl. Sources have also told us Delaware's Ben Patrick is also going to receive an invitation. A number of receivers are on their way to Mobile. Virginia Tech's David Clowney, Jason Hill from Washington State, Jeff Samardzija of Notre Dame, UTEP's Johnnie Lee Higgins and Aundrae Allison of East Carolina will receive invitations. We were a bit surprised to learn from several sources that West Virginia's Brandon Myles is getting an invitation as is Paul Williams of Fresno State. Struggling with injuries this year, Williams production was limited after missing several games with knee and ankle ailments. After a brilliant senior campaign Steve Smith of USC will get an opportunity to continue his momentum up draft boards when he spends a week at the Senior Bowl. Offensive Linemen Another USC Trojan on the way up draft boards who is expected to participate in Mobile is center Ryan Kalil. Dan Mozes of West Virginia, Ohio State's Doug Datish and Leroy Harris of North Carolina State are the other blockers on the pivot that will all be invited. The surprise exclusion to this point is Fresno State's Kyle Young who was dismissed from the team during the latter third of the season for not attending class. Hawaii's Samson Satele is expected to be on hand and should see plenty of time at both center and guard. Other guards who will receive invitations include Auburn's Ben Grubbs and Manny Ramirez of Texas Tech. Arron Sears from Tennessee will be invited. It will be interesting to see how much time Sears receives at tackle and/or guard in Mobile. After the showing D'brickashaw Ferguson turned in at last year's Senior Bowl a number of highly rated tackles who received invitations are expected to accept their invitations to the Senior Bowl. They include Big Ten stars Joe Thomas of Wisconsin and Penn State's Levi Brown. Notre Dame's Ryan Harris and Joe Staley of Central Michigan are also on the list. The big name we have not heard about yet is Doug Free of Northern Illinois. Playing with a stress fracture most of the season, Free was a disappointment this year. Defensive Linemen At defensive tackle Tank Tyler of North Carolina State, Brandon Mebane of Cal, Louisville's Amobi Okoye and Quinn Pitcock from Ohio State have all been invited. There is some belief Utah's Paul Soliai, who is flying up draft boards, could receive an invitation. One player who won't be going to Mobile is Marcus Thomas. Sources have told us Thomas was scratched from the list after he was dismissed from the Gator squad last month for yet more rules violations. His replacement looks like it will be Kareem Brown of Miami-Fl. Clemson's Gaines Adams and Georgia's Quentin Moses highlight the defensive ends who will be invited. Florida's Ray McDonald, Adam Carriker and Jay Moore of Nebraska as well as Washington State's Mkristo Bruce are also on the invite list. Two Big Ten risers who will be in Mobile and are expected to play both defensive end and linebacker are Michigan's Lamar Woodley and Anthony Spencer of Purdue. Linebackers Most of the highest rated linebackers have been invited and are expected to participate. On the outside Florida's Earl Everett, West Virginia's Kevin McLee and Rufus Alexander from Oklahoma have been invited. Other linebackers expected to participate include H.B. Blades of Pittsburgh, Patrick Willis from Mississippi and Florida State's Buster Davis. David Harris of Michigan has also received the call to come to Mobile for the week. Defensive Backs Like linebacker, the highest rated defensive backs are likely to accept their invitations for Senior Bowl week. They include cornerback Leon Hall of Michigan, Tanard Jackson of Syracuse, Aaron Ross from Texas as well as a trio from the SEC including Fred Bennett of South Carolina, David Irons from Auburn and Tennessee's Jonathan Wade. Cal's Daymeion Hughes is also expected to receive and invitation. So is another west coast cornerback, Fresno State's Marcus McCauley, who's watching his draft stock is plummet. The list of safeties expected at Senior Bowl week is equally impressive. LaRon Landry of LSU, Brandon Meriweather from Miami-Fl, Aaron Rouse of Virginia Tech and Michael Griffin of Texas will all receive invitations. Eric Weddle of Utah has also been asked to play. Arizona's Michael Johnson will be asked to participate and the rumor is so will Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski. Zbikowski's invitation has raised some eyebrows. While he previously announced his intention to play in the NFL next year at season's start, Zbikowski is still classified as a red-shirt junior by NCAA standards and not a senior. Unlike other all-star games the Senior Bowl has not invited underclassmen in the past. Kickers/Punters The two strongest legs from the senior class will be invited to Mobile. Colorado place kicker Mason Crosby and Baylor punter Daniel Sepulveda have both been asked to participate in Senior Bowl week. As has been the case with every Senior Bowl since 2000, the TFY Draft Preview will be on hand to cover all the goings-on in Mobile along with several other writers and publishers from Scout.com. Premium coverage starts Sunday, January 21st and continues all week long!
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