The postseason All-Star circuit is in full swing, with hundreds of eligible players practicing and playing in front of NFL coaches, coordinators, and scouts trying to live their dream of playing professional football. The NFL, CFL, and the new UFL scout these young men. There is no more prestigious all-star game than the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Taking place in Mobile, Alabama, on the campus of the University of South Alabama, the Senior Bowl goes back to 1950. Players like Doug Martin, Mike Iupati, Puka Nacua, and Tank Dell used the practices and games to help their draft stock.
The Senior Bowl has lived up to its reputation of helping college players make NFL rosters. The Senior Bowl has had 100 participants drafted in three consecutive years. From 2019-2023, 85.2% of active 53-man rosters participated in the Senior Bowl.
This is the second year of the "Coach Up" format.
Yesterday, the coaches for the game were announced. This is the second year the Senior Bowl will use the "Coach Up" format. Coordinators and coaches from non-playoff teams were nominated by their head coaches and general managers for the opportunity to coach the two teams in the game. At least one coach from the 18 qualifying teams were nominated.
Tennessee Titans Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Terrell Williams (American team) and New York Jets Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich (National team) will serve as head coaches for the historic 75th Anniversary Reese’s Senior Bowl. In addition to the head coaches, the American and National teams will also have three assistant coaches each.
The assistant coaches are:
- Offensive Coordinator - New England Patriots Wide Receivers Coach Troy Brown
- Defensive Coordinator - Cleveland Browns Defensive Backs Coach Ephraim Banda
- Special Teams Coordinator - New York Giants Assistant Special Teams Coach Mike Adams
- Offensive Coordinator - New York Giants Quarterbacks Coach Shea Tierney
- Defensive Coordinator - Minnesota Vikings Pass Game Coord/Defensive Backs Coach Daronte Jones
- Special Teams Coordinator - New Orleans Saints Assistant Special Teams Coach Phil Galiano
No Hoosiers in the Senior Bowl this Year
After having seven IU players participate in the Senior Bowl in 2023, no Hoosiers accepted invites to the game. Redshirt senior Aaron Casey received an invite last year but returned to Bloomington. He's participating in the East/West Shrine Game on February 3rd. Wide receiver DeQuece Carter participated in the Tropical Bowl on January 20th.