The Senior Bowl, the most prestigious of the postseason senior all-star games, will be held Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, with 12 former Pac-12 players taking part.
Here's a quick rundown of the Pac-12 players who will play, along with some notes about how their workouts have gone. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET, on NFL Network.
K Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA: The Lou Groza Award winner will share kicking duties on the North team with Riley Dixon of Syracuse. As he prepares for the draft, he told the Los Angeles Times former UCLA punter Jeff Locke (Vikings) and former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath (Saints) have served as sounding boards. “They’ve been down the block a couple times,” he said. “They told me that preparation is key: Don’t do anything different and just be yourself.”
RB D.J. Foster, Arizona State: Going into his final year at ASU, Foster moved to receiver with the idea he was better suited in that role in the NFL, however, after being a late addition to the Senior Bowl, Foster is working out at running back.
OG Josh Garnett, Stanford: Garnett, the Outland Trophy winner, is one of the seven consensus All-Americans playing in the game. ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss makes the case he would make a nice pairing in Arizona with left guard Mike Iupati.
QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford: Hogan might be one of the harder quarterbacks prospects to project, but has made a positive impression on Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.“I admire his career,” Garrett said, per the Washington Times. “It’s fun to get a chance to be around him in the meetings and walkthroughs. He’s a smart guy and picks things up easily and has a good demeanor about him, and you can see why he was such a good leader at Stanford.”
QB Cody Kessler, USC: Kessler has been working with Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. He told the Los Angeles Times: “I got a lot of great pointers,” he said. “It’s been a really cool week to be able to hear their terminology and how they explain things. And then you watch film the way they watch and they explain everything.”
OT Kyle Murphy, Stanford: After playing left tackle in his final year on the Farm, Murphy has been working at both tackle positions at Senior Bowl practices. “It’s a really competitive environment with everyone trying to do their best,” Murphy told the Detroit Lions website. “No one is out here slacking off. You’re going against great players just trying to show that you can compete in that kind of environment.”
WR Jordan Payton, UCLA: After setting the UCLA career record with 201 catches, Payton is the only Pac-12 receiver at the Senior Bowl. “I think I’m extremely consistent. I’m big, I’m strong, I make the tough catches, I run any of the pro routes … any of the routes downfield. I bring a balanced approach to the game, he told the Los Angeles Rams' website.