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ESPNU to Air Senior Bowl Practices

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  • Eight Hours of Live Coverage
  • Draft Analysts: Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl; NFL Analysts Bill Polian, Louis Riddick; College Football Analyst Joey Galloway
  • Top Prospects in the NFL Draft Participate; Eight QBs
  • Interviews with NFL Personnel; Coverage on SportsCenter, NFL Live, NFL Insiders

ESPNU will televise Reese’s Senior Bowl practices (North and South teams) live from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28, with eight hours of coverage highlighting top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. On Wednesday, the North will practice from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET and the South from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET; Thursday, the North will be on the field from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by the South from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay and analyst Kevin Weidl, NFL analysts Bill Polian and Louis Riddick, and college football analyst Joey Galloway will work all four practice sessions. Polian, a former NFL general manager, is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, while Riddick is a former front office executive and Galloway a 16-year NFL veteran. Chris Cotter will anchor and Quint Kessenich will report.

More than 90 NFL Draft eligible players will participate in this year’s annual showcase game, with the North coached by the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff and the South by the Jacksonville Jaguars staff. North Dakota State quarterback and four-time FCS National Champion Carson Wentz —  a possible first-round selection in the NFL Draft —  is an intriguing storylines going into the week and one of eight quarterbacks to participate: Brandon Allen (Arkansas), Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Jake Coker (Alabama), Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech),  Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Cody Kessler (USC), and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State). In addition to Coker, the College Football Playoff National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide will have four additional players: Kenyan Drake (RB), Cyrus Jones (DB), Reggie Ragland (LB) and Jarran Reed (DE). Complete rosters are here.

Senior Bowl Practice Highlights

  • Field Access: ESPNU’s set will be at field level with team practices in the background; Live looks into individual and team drills will occur throughout the telecast
  • Mic’d Up: Cowboys and Jaguars coaching staffs will be mic’d up, in addition to various position players
  • Interviews: Guests will join the set, including NFL front office personnel, coaches, and other notable names
  • Additional Studio Coverage: SportsCenter, NFL Insiders and NFL Live will also have coverage from practices

About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl was first played in 1950 and annually consists of the top prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft. Approximately 30% of NFL rosters played in the game according to the game’s website. Recent participants include Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and Broncos’ Von Miller, while past participants include Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. Former NFL general manager and current ESPN NFL insider Phil Savage is the executive director of the Senior Bowl.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner