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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Miami's Graham, Sharpton headed to Senior Bowl

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Miami tight end Jimmy Graham and linebacker Darryl Sharpton have accepted invitations to the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl, game officials announced Thursday. Kickoff for the 61st game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 30 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

Graham finished second on the team in touchdown receptions with five. His first three collegiate catches went for touchdowns and he totaled 17 catches for 213 yards, averaging 12.5 yards per catch.

As a forward for Miami's basketball team, Graham was one of only eight players in Miami history with 100 or more career blocks. He helped lead the team to back-to back trips to the postseason, making the NCAA tournament in 2008 and NIT in 2009.

“Jimmy is a rare talent who has not even scraped the surface of his potential in the game of football,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said in a prepared statement. “We expect him to really turn some heads down here later this month at the Senior Bowl.”

Sharpton led the Canes in total tackles with 106 and averaged 12 tackles a game in the final four games. He was the first Miami linebacker in two seasons to break the 100-tackle mark and saved his best effort of the season for the Champs Sports Bowl. Against Wisconsin, Sharpton posted a career-high 15 tackles.

“I’m very excited just to be able to come play with some of the best players in the nation,” Sharpton said in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to showing them [scouts] my speed, explosiveness and ability to make plays, and it will be a great stage to do so.”