Jonesboro (KAIT) - Alex Carrington has accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 Senior Bowl for the North team on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Carrington will be the sixth Arkansas State player to compete in the Senior Bowl, joining quarterback Gene Bradley (1980), offensive linemen T.J. Humphreys (1977), Ken Jones (1976) and Wayne Dorton (1971) and linebacker Bill Bergey (1968). All five previous ASU players to compete in the all-star game were selected in the NFL draft, including Bradley, Jones and Bergey in the second round.
The Red Wolves have now had a player named to one of the post-season all-star games seven of the last nine years, including the last four in a row with tight end David Johnson competing in the 2008 East-West Shrine Game, safety Tyrell Johnson in the 2008 Hula Bowl and fullback Oren O'Neal in the 2007 Inta Juice North -South All-Star Classic.
Carrington, a 2009 First Team All-Sun Belt Conference choice, finished his senior campaign with nine sacks that tied the most of the season and the eighth most all-time by an SBC player. He completed his career with 21.5 sacks for the second most ever by an ASU player and the fourth most in Sun Belt history. Carrington also recorded a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss in 2009, which was the third most in the league.
The Tupelo, Miss. native graduated in Dec. 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
The Senior Bowl is one of the nation's most unique football games and football's premier pre-draft event, annually featuring some of the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
The 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl and its practices will be nationally televised by the NFL Network. The first nationally-televised Senior Bowl was in 1958 by NBC, and the contest has been on national television each year since then.