Thursday, December 5, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. -- Two Georgia Southern Eagles, running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks have officially been invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The prestigious football game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and serves as a showcase of talent for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts as well as representatives from other professional football leagues.
Both McKinnon and Westbrooks, members of the South team, will participate in the week of practice sessions and workouts leading up to the game in Mobile.
“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,” said Coach Jeff Monken. “We are obviously excited for them and wish them all the luck in the world as they embark on their professional careers.”
McKinnon, with back-to-back seasons with 1,000-yard rushing totals, finished third all-time on Georgia Southern’s career rushing list with 3,899 yards and tied for sixth with 42 career rushing touchdowns. From Marietta, Ga., McKinnon played three different positions in the backfield for the Eagles in his senior season and recorded six games of 100 or more yards of rushing in 2013.
A four-year starter in the defensive secondary at both cornerback and safety, Westbrooks finished his career with seven interceptions and 20 pass breakups to go along with 147 total tackles. He tied for sixth on the Georgia Southern all-time list for pass breakups and ranks among the top Eagles for career interceptions.