Penn State senior safety Jordan Lucas has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. The Senior Bowl is widely considered the premier postseason college football all-star game, and is one of the key showcases for prospects heading into the NFL Draft. The news was announced on the Senior Bowl's official Twitter account.
Lucas suffered a season-ending injury that prevented him from playing in the final two games of the regular season. However, there is apparently a chance that Lucas could be healthy enough to participate in the Senior Bowl at the end of January. Lucas had, until his injury, been following in the footsteps of Adrian Amos, who was drafted in fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears after appearing in the Senior Bowl. Lucas, like Amos, is a former cornerback who was converted to safety and excelled at the position.
Will other Penn State players be heading to the Senior Bowl? We know from a recent James Franklin press conference that senior defensive end Carl Nassib has been invited. He has not yet accepted that invitation, however. Other potential Nittany Lions who could be invited are Anthony Zettel, who Franklin did not mention as having received an invitation, and Austin Johnson, who may receive an invite if he declares his intention to forego his redshirt senior year and enter the NFL Draft. The Senior Bowl has accepted players with junior eligibility in the past if they are scheduled to receive their degrees. However, juniors who are not on track for graduation are not eligible to be invited, so a player like Christian Hackenberg would not be invited even if he does declare for the NFL Draft.
The 2016 Senior Bowl will take place on Jan. 30, 2016 in Mobile, AL and will be broadcasted on television. We will have more details about the game and the implications for Penn State players as the game approaches.
In the meantime, congratulations go out to Jordan.