The week began as a perfect 10 for FCS college football, but it's only getting better at the Reese's Senior Bowl.
An 11th-hour invitation to James Madison cornerback Jimmy Moreland made it 11 players from the subdivision who will seek to improve their NFL stock at the premier all-star game, set for Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. A week of practices and player meetings with NFL teams precede the game.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is guiding the North squad and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is in charge of the South.
Following are the FCS players to watch.
70th Reese's Senior Bowl
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)
TV: NFL Network
FCS Players on North
(with Roster Number)
(23) Nasir Adderley, Delaware, S, 6-0, 200 – Physical tackler who closes well, he could be the first FCS player selected in the April 25-27 draft.
(11) Jordan Brown, South Dakota State, CB, 6-1, 195 – Blends a quick first step with an instinctive feel for the game.
(8) Keelan Doss, UC Davis, WR, 6-3, 206 – Two-time Athlon FCS All-American caught 233 passes for 2,833 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final two seasons.
(49) Donald Parham, Stetson, TE, 6-8, 240 – Consensus FCS All-American has to show he can meet a higher level than the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League.
(99) Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, DT, 6-2, 310 – Agile big man has excellent straight-ahead pursuit.
(81) Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado, WR, 6-2, 310 – Vertical threat joined Vincent Jackson as the only UNC players to have two seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards.
FCS Player on South
(With Roster Number)
(4) Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State, RB/KR, 5-11, 210 – Big-play all-purpose threat is coming off a quad injury that kept him from contributing in the Bison’s FCS championship game win.
(79) B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State, OG, 6-5, 340 – Excellent drive blocker with big size for the interior of the line.
(58) Tytus Howard, Alabama State, OT, 6-6, 311 – Former high school quarterback who was recruited to play tight end brings athleticism to the offensive line.
(17) Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, CB, 5-11, 175 - Shutdown cover corner turned six of his school-record 18 career interceptions into pick-sixes.
(73) Oli Udoh, Elon, OT, 6-5, 356 – Huge tackle can squat more than 600 pounds. He’s coming off an appearance at the East-West Shrine Game.
— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.
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