Clemson teammates Andre Ellington, Dalton Freeman and Malliciah Goodman, Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and NC State quarterback Mike Glennon headline a group of 12 players from the Atlantic Coast Conference that will play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile.
Manuel is joined by two FSU teammates, defensive tackle Everett Dawkins and kicker Dustin Hopkins, on the South roster.
Glennon is NC State’s lone representative, but will get plenty of attention from NFL personnel as part of an intriguing class of quarterbacks.
North Carolina will send two players to the nation’s premiere senior showcase, while Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia join NC State as schools sending one player to the Senior Bowl.
Here’s a breakdown of the ACC players working this week in Mobile:
Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest: Finished the season third on his team with 23 receptions and fifth with 208 receiving yards. Second on the team with five TD catches.
Oday Aboushi, OL, Virginia: All-ACC first-team by media and coaches. Started all 12 games at left tackle. Honored as the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Penn State. Graded out over 90 percent in all 2012 games at left tackle and averages 10+ knockdown blocks per game.
Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State: Named All-ACC second team and Coaches All-ACC second team. A rock in the middle of FSU’s defensive line who led all FSU defenders with 41 career starts. Finished his career with 106 tackles, seven sacks and 15 tackles for a loss.
Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson: All-ACC first teamer ran for 1,081 yards on just 151 carries and eight touchdowns in 2012, earning All-ACC first team honors from the media and coaches. His 151 carries are the second fewest needed to reach 1,000 yards in school history. Finished career with 3,386 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson: Honorable mention All-ACC selection by media and coaches. Had 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, eight quarterback pressures and team-high forced fumbles. He has the biggest hands on the team, measuring 11.5 inches, a figure that would have been the best at the NFL Combine in 2009.
Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson: First-team AFCA All-America center who was a three-time candidate and two-time finalist for the Rimington Award. He was the only senior on the starting line for Clemson's record-setting offense.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State: Named second team All-ACC, second-team Coaches All-ACC and was a Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist. Manuel ranks as one of the most productive at his position in Florida State history, leading Seminoles to a 25-6 record as a starter -- the third-most wins in program history. He joins West Virginia’s Pat White as the only two QBs to post a 4-0 record in bowl games. He finished his FSU career as the school career completion percentage leader (66.9 percent) while ranking in the school’s top five all-time in passing yards and total offense.
Mike Glennon, QB, NC State: Threw for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2012, becoming the first player in school history to throw for more than 30 touchdowns in two different seasons. His 62 career touchdown passes in only 25 starts ranks third in school history behind Philip Rivers (95 in 51 starts) and Russell Wilson (76 in 36 starts). He has earned two degrees while at NC State.
Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State: Two-time finalist for Lou Groza Award, given to nation’s top kicker. All-ACC first team and made multiple All-American squads. Set a new NCAA career scoring record for kickers (459 points). Established new NCAA, FSU and ACC records with 88 career field goals. Posted 140 points to set a new ACC all-time single season scoring mark and single-handedly outscored five of FSU’s opponents this season (Murray State 15-3, Savannah State 7-0, Wake Forest 10-0, Boston College 15-7 and Duke 12-7). ACC scoring leader among kickers with 10 ppg. Kicked a career- best 56-yard field goal against Duke and converted all five field goal attempts of 50+ yards.
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina: Named to the All-ACC first team. In 2012, had 85 tackles and an incredible 18.5 for losses. His 36 career tackles for loss rank fifth in school history. The four-year starter also recorded 6.5 sacks.
Conner Vernon, WR, Duke: A second-team All-ACC first-team selection, Vernon is Duke’s first representative at the Senior Bowl since Chris Combs in 2000. He is the ACC’s all-time leader in pass receptions (283) and receiving yardage (3,749). Also set ACC records for consecutive games with at least one reception (48), most seasons with 50-plus receptions (4) and most seasons with 70-plus receptions (3). On the NCAA's career charts, he ranks 23rd for career catches and 24th for career receiving yards. In 2012, had 85 receptions for 1.074 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: Great story of perseverance. He enrolled at Carolina in January, 2011, after two seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Worked at manufacturing company making radiator parts for large trucks before enrolling at Coffeyville. Had originally thought he was finished with football, but decided to go back to school for one more attempt to play and earn his degree. Now a standout defensive tackle who earned first-team All-ACC honors and was chosen to the Pro Football Weekly All-America team.Finished the season with 42 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for losses and six sacks.
Senior Bowl NFL Network TV Schedule
(All times Eastern)
Tuesday: Practice 2-3 p.m. (North), 3-4 p.m. (South); re-cap, 10:30-11 p.m.
Wednesday: Practice 2-3 p.m. (North), 3-4 p.m. (South), re-cap, 10:30-11 p.m.
Thursday: Practice 2-3 p.m.; re-cap 10:30-11 p.m.
Friday: No coverage scheduled
Saturday: Game coverage, 3:30-7 p.m. (4 p.m. kickoff)