Former Vols try to improve draft stock at
57th annual Senior Bowl
Four Tennessee stars — defensive linemen Jesse Mahelona and Parys Haralson and offensive linemen Cody Douglas and Albert Toeaina — are among the 100 top senior NFL draft prospects who are participating in the 2006 Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Alabama.
Mahelona, Haralson, Douglas and Toeaina are members of the Senior Bowl’s South squad, which is being coached by San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and his staff.
The players will have one practice session per day during the week, capped off by the 57th annual Senior Bowl game Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Eastern time and the contest will be nationally-televised by ESPN. The contest is also a complete sellout in 40,646-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
ESPN and the NFL Network are televising Senior Bowl practices this year with more than 11 hours of coverage during the week. Remaining ESPN practice telecasts will air from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday of the week, while remaining NFL Network shows will air from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, as well as a 30-minute wrap-up show later that evening. All times are Eastern, and a complete TV schedule of remaining Senior Bowl practice telecasts is listed at the bottom of this story.
The Senior Bowl is the nation’s premier pre-draft showcase, annually featuring the top senior NFL draft prospects on teams coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
The North squad is being coached by Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and his staff.
Senior Bowl practices are also attended by more than 700 NFL general managers, head coaches, scouts and other front office personnel each year.
In 2005, 10 Senior Bowlers were chosen in the first-round of the NFL Draft and 83 players were drafted overall. Ninety-five percent of last year’s Senior Bowl players made active rosters in the NFL in 2005, including the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, running back Cadillac Williams of Tampa Bay.
More than 560 former Senior Bowl players were on active rosters in the NFL in 2005. Twenty-six former Senior Bowlers were named to rosters for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl game including the league’s MVP, running back Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks, and Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The Senior Bowl also is a non-profit charity event that, together with its charitable partner Food World, distributed better than $1.2 million to charities in 2005.
For more information, visit the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.
(All times Eastern)
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Senior Bowl South Practice – ESPNU
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Senior Bowl North Practice – ESPN
3-4:30 p.m. – Senior Bowl Practice Coverage – NFL Network
8:30-9 p.m. – Senior Bowl Practice Review – NFL Network
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Senior Bowl North Practice (taped) – ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Senior Bowl South Practice (taped) – ESPN
4 p.m. – 57th Annual Senior Bowl Game – ESPN 7 p.m. – Senior Bowl Wrap-Up, NFL Total Access – NFL Network