The 2012 Senior Bowl, to be played Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala., will have a considerable Ohio State presence as four players - offensive linemen Mike Adams and Mike Brewster, running back Dan Herron and receiver DeVier Posey - have accepted invitations to play in the annual event that annually features the best college seniors.
"This will mark the eleventh straight year that Ohio State University has been represented in our game," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "All four of these players are deserving of this opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the top decision makers in the National Football League."
Brewster started 49 consecutive games at center - from the fourth game of his freshman season on - and was a 2010 first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and Phil Steele. Adams, meanwhile, was a first-team all-Big Ten Conference pick by both the coaches and the media in 2010 and was an honorable mention choice as a senior. He started 25 of the 31 games he played in as a Buckeye. Adams and Brewster shared the team's Jim Parker Award as the team's outstanding offensive lineman this past season.
Herron, like Brewster, was named a team captain for the 2011 season by a vote of his peers. He was also named the team's most valuable player after rushing for 675 yards and three touchdowns in seven games. He topped 100 yards in each of his first three games - all Ohio State wins - with a high of 160 in the win over Wisconsin. He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten. Herron finished his career with 2,869 career rushing yards to rank 10th all-time at Ohio State. His 33 touchdowns scored rank eighth all-time and he also caught 44 passes. He was a 2010 first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer after rushing for 1,155 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns.
Posey closed out his career with 136 receptions for 1,955 yards, numbers that rank sixth and eighth, respectively, all-time among Ohio State receivers. He also scored 18 receiving touchdowns to rank seventh on the all-time list. He played in 41 games, started 29 games and had a reception in each of his final 30 games played. Six times he went over 100 yards receiving with 161 yards in 2009 vs. Minnesota his career-high. His receptions high game was nine vs. Purdue in 2009.
Brewster (strategic communications) and Herron (African-American studies) each graduated this past December. Posey is on track to graduate in spring 2012 with his degree in communications, and Adams is nearing completion requirements for his degree in criminology.
The 2012 senior bowl squads will be coached by Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his staff (South squad) and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff (North squad). The game will kick off at 3 p.m. from Ladd-Peebles Stadium and it - and the week of practices leading up to the game - will be televised by the NFL Network.
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