MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Three Division II players will be competing
at the Senior Bowl.
Slippery Rock offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, Abilene Christian
wide receiver Edmond Gates and Southern Arkansas defensive lineman
Cedric Thornton have all accepted invitations for the showcase week
for senior NFL prospects.
Players report this weekend for next Saturday's game.
Fusco and Thornton are the first players from their schools to
earn a Senior Bowl invitation. Fusco won the Gene Upshaw Division
II Lineman of the Year Award this year and the Division II
Rimington Award as the nation's best center.
Thornton is a defensive tackle who had 52 tackles, 13 tackles
for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Gates is Abilene's first Senior Bowl participant since Johnny
Perkins in 1977. He had 1,182 yards and 13 touchdowns receiving.