WVU's Sims to Play in Senior Bowl

  • By Rob Lehocky
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  • December 23, 2013 04:32 PM
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MOBILE – Three unanimous All-Americans have accepted invitations to the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and Boston College running back Andre Williams. That trio means five of the nation’s 10 unanimous All-Americans have committed to play in the game so far, joining Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard and Missouri linebacker Michael Sam, who previously committed.
Three more unanimous All-Americans still could be added to the roster, while the other two are not eligible to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Donald was the most decorated player in the nation this season, walking away with the Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player), Lombardi Award (best lineman), Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Award (best defensive player).
Richardson was a finalist for the Outland Trophy while Williams ran away with the Doak Walker Award (best running back) and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy race.
A total of 92 players overall (out of 110) have committed to the play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, set for January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.
The entire list of ‘Accepted Invites’ is available at seniorbowl.com, under the ‘NEWS’ tab, ‘ACCEPTED INVITES.’
TODAY’S ROSTER ADDITIONS (alphabetically):
Rob Blanchflower | TE | Massachusetts
Only played in six games due to injury, caught 27 passes for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Deandre Coleman | DL | Cal
Honorable mention All-Pac 12, 40 tackles (9 for loss) and 2.5 sacks in 2013.
Aaron Colvin | DB | Oklahoma
Semifinalist for Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back), first team All-Big 12, 49 tackles (5 for loss), one interception in 2013.
Aaron Donald | DT | Pittsburgh
Winner of the Bednarik Award (best defensive player), Lombardi Award (best lineman), Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and Nagurski Award (best defensive player), unanimous All-American, ACC Defensive Player of Year, first team All-ACC after leading the nation with 26.5 tackles for lost yardage (2.2
per game). Forced four fumbles while registering 10 quarterback sacks. Donald has 54 total tackles in addition to 16 quarterback hurries, two pass break-ups
Shaquelle Evans | WR | UCLA
Honorable mention All-Pac-12, led team in receptions (43), yards (617) and touchdowns (8)
Marcus Heit | LS | Kansas State
Perfect on snaps all three seasons he was on the field.
Seantrel Henderson | OT | Miami
Marqueston Huff | D | Wyoming
All-Mountain West second teamer, led all DBs in conference with 127 tackles (74 solo and 3 for loss), 2 interceptions and 6 pass break ups. Had six double-figure tackle games in 2013, including 20 against Utah State in the final game of season.
Gabe Jackson | OG | Mississippi State
First team All-SEC guard, started all 52 games of his career at left guard for the Bulldogs.
Christian Jones | ILB | Florida State
Second team All-ACC, 49 tackles (7.5 for loss), 2 sacks in 2013 regular season.
Craig Loston | S | LSU
Played in nine games, making 51 tackles and two interceptions.
Zack Martin | OT | Notre Dame
Set school record with 50th consecutive start for Irish, has been named Notre Dame’s Offensive Lineman of Year four straight years.
Trent Murphy | LB | Stanford
Consensus All-American, first team All-Pac-12, Bednarik Award semifinalist, Lombardi Award semifinalist, 58 tackles (21.5 for loss), 14 sacks in 2013.
Tevin Reese | WR | Baylor
First team All-Big 12, coming back from wrist injury that forced him to miss last five games of regular season. In seven games, had 33 catches for 824 yards (103ypg) and eight touchdowns.
Cyril Richardson | OG | Baylor
Unanimous All-American and finalist for Outland Trophy (nation's best lineman), Offensive Lineman of Year in Big 12, first team All-Big 12.
Charles Sims | RB | West Virginia
Big-12 Newcomer of the Year, first team All-Big 12, ran for 1,095 yards (5.3 ave.) and 11 touchdowns in 2013.
Shayne Skov | LB | Stanford
First-team All-Pac-12, Butkus Award Finalist (best linebacker), led Cardinal with 100 tackles (10 for loss), added 4 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries.
6'8", 345 pounds, third team All-ACC, helped anchor offensive line that paved way for Hurricanes offense that averaged 446.8 yards of total offense and 35.9 points per game.
Jordan Tripp | LB | Montana
Two-time Big Sky all-conference first teamer, racked up 100 tackles (5.5 for loss) and three interceptions.
Andre Williams | RB | Boston College
Heisman finalist (finished 4th), Doak Walker Award winner as the nation's top running back, unanimous All-American after rushing for 2,102 yards (6.4 ave.) and 17 touchdowns.
About the Reese’s Senior Bowl
The Reese’s Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl please visit the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.