Senior Bowl Rosters Released – A Look at the North


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The North and South rosters for the 66th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl were announced Friday. Here are some of the notable names on the North squad who will be coached by Ken Whisenhunt and the Titans coaching staff.


Bryce Petty, Baylor: Petty threw for 3,855 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2014, leading the Bears to an 11-2 record. Despite a losing effort, Petty racked up a ridiculous 550 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State.

Sean Mannion, Oregon State:The Beavers QB finished his college career with 3,164 passing yards this season to go with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. After winning four of its first five games, Oregon State won just one game the rest of the way, leaving them out of bowl season. As a junior, Mannion posted a whopping 37 touchdowns.

Running Backs

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska: Nebraska's career record holder in all-purpose yards will be a player to watch next week. Abdullah ran for 1,611 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, while adding three receiving scores in 2014.

David Cobb, Minnesota:Cobb looks to be the first Golden Gopher running back drafted since Laurence Maroney in 2006. He edged out Abdullah in terms of production, rushing for 1,626 yards on 314 carries to go with his 13 touchdowns.

Wide Receivers

Devin Smith, Ohio State: Fresh off of a National Championship run with the Buckeyes, Smith will look to showcase the ability that made him one of the nation's top deep threats in the country. Smith led the nation with 28.2 yards per reception, including a long of 80 yards. Smith had 33 receptions for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns. Part of Smith's task next week will be to show he can be a complete receiver and not just a vertical threat.

Tyler Lockett, Kansas State: Lockett ranked third among FBS receivers in 2014 with 1,515 receiving yards and his 11 touchdowns tied for 13th. At 5-11, 175 pounds, Lockett isn't going to physically intimidate anyone. That said, scouts say his top-end speed and foot quickness make him electric in space and a constant deep threat.

Tight Ends

Ben Koyack, Notre Dame: Koyack is currently ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper's ninth-ranked tight end. He caught 30 passes in 2014 for 317 yards and two touchdowns. You might remember Koyack's 23-yard game-winning touchdown in the corner of the end zone to beat Stanford in the final minute this season.

Offensive Lineman

T.J. Clemmings, T, Pittsburgh: Clemmings could go as early as the first round in April's draft. He was selected as a Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC. What's most impressive is that Clemmings is a converted defensive end and didn't make the switch until his redshirt junior season.

Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke:Tomlinson is a four-year starter and has been named first-team All-ACC three times for the Blue Devils. Come April, he could be one of the first five guards taken in the draft. He is a native of Jamaica and moved to the United States when he was 10.

Rob Havenstein, T, Wisconsin:Havenstein anchored the right side of the Badgers offensive line for three straight years. In 2014, Havenstein was a consensus first-team All-Big 10 selection and a second-team FWAA All-American selection. His 54 career games played tied a Wisconsin school record.

Defensive Lineman

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington:Shelton is widely regarded as the country's top defensive tackle in the 2015 draft class (especially if you consider Leonard Williams a DE). Washington's monster in the middle recorded 16.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and his five fumble recoveries led the nation. Shelton specializes in eating up blocks and beating double teams with his heralded bull rush.

Nate Orchard, DE, Utah:A fellow Pac-12 lineman joins Shelton as the standouts on the North roster. Orchard made the switch to defensive end after initially signing with Utah as a wide receiver. The transition proved to be seamless as Orchard's 18.5 sacks in 2014 were second most in the nation.


Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington:Whisenhunt won't be able to complain that he wasn't given enough pass rushers. Kikaha's led the nation with 19 sacks on his way to a unanimous First-Team All-America selection.  Kikaha was also First-Team All-Pac-12 and Academic All-Pac-12. His relentless motor could be comparable to that of Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers.

Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas:The fifth-year Longhorn posted 3.5 sacks and two interceptions in 2014 and owns 12 career double-digit tackle games. His 138 tackles this season led the team. Hicks missed a combined 19 games due to injury during the 2012-13 seasons, but is back to 100 percent going into the Senior Bowl.

Defensive Backs

Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State:The recently crowned National Champion spent two seasons as a starter for the Buckeyes at cornerback. Grant totaled five interceptions in 2014, including two against Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship.

Kurtis Drummond, FS, Michigan State:The Big Ten Defensive Back of the year went 4-0 in bowl games during his career as a Spartan. Drummond's standout senior campaign that included four interceptions garnered First-Team All-American and First-Team Big Ten honors. If he impresses scouts the next few months, he could be the first free safety off the board in the draft.


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