Senior Bowl update with Phil Savage
As the Reese’s Senior Bowl prepares to send out its first round of official invitations to the all-star game, some Southeastern Conference players have solidified their positions with the game’s staff.
“I think Dak Prescott had his best game of the year this week,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said. “He has had a solid year already, but Saturday he really showed his talent.”
The Mississippi State quarterback led the Bulldogs in rushing and passing as Prescott paced his team to a win over Kentucky. He ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more.
Arkansas showed its guts with a four-overtime win over Auburn and one of the Razorbacks’ offensive linemen impressed Senior Bowl officials.
Sebastian Tretola appears to be a lock to play in the January all-star game. He is 6-foot-4, 330 pounds and has good footwork to go with his strength. Originally a player at Nevada, he left the Wolfpack and enrolled at Iowa Western Community College before signing with Arkansas.
Defensively, Kentucky’s Josh Forrest tops the Senior Bowl wish list.
Forrest is a fifth-year senior and two-year starter at inside linebacker for Kentucky. He has a lean, athletic frame with long arms and legs for the position. His high-cut build and thinner wrists and calves make him appear to be more of a “Will” than “Mike” at the NFL level. Typically, he lines up to the weak side of the formation and is capable of walking out over detached receivers.
Other SEC players that should receive invitations to the game include Mike Matthews of Texas A&M, Antonio Morrison of Florida, Fahn Cooper of Ole Miss and Deion Jones of LSU.
“Deion Jones is one of the best linebackers in the country,” Savage said. “He can do a little bit of everything and his talents definitely translate to the NFL.”
The game is scheduled for Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala.