McKinnon, Westbrooks to play in 2014 Senior Bowl

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Will Cheney

Georgia Southern University football seniors Jerick McKinnon and Lavelle Westbrooks were both invited to play in the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The purpose of The Senior Bowl game is for collegiate football players to showcase their talent to professional scouts after their senior seasons.

In contrast to the National Football League combine, this game gives the players a chance to display their skills in a game-type atmosphere, including a week of practices leading up to the game.

“The Senior Bowl is a wonderful opportunity for Jerick and Lavelle to represent our

program and Georgia Southern University and be coached by NFL staffs,” GSU head

coach Jeff Monken said in a news release. “We are obviously excited for them and

wish them all the luck in the world as they embark on their professional careers.”

McKinnon, a Marietta native, just completed his second consecutive 1,000 yard

rushing season and gained at least 100 yards in six of GSU’s 11 games on the season.

Westbrooks started all four seasons for the Eagles in the secondary and finished his

career with seven interceptions, 147 tackles and 20 passes broken up.

The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles in Mobile, Ala.