The 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl will feature some familiar faces. Seniors Aaron Colvin and Jalen Saunders have accepted invitations to this year’s game in Mobile, AL.
The two made huge contributions in their last year donning the crimson, and will be recognized for their talents at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Aaron Colvin, a graduate of Owasso High School in Oklahoma, started nine of ten games this season—missing two due to injury. The 6-0, 192 pound defensive back accumulated 49 tackles and recorded one interception and a sack.
Colvin was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, annually given to the country’s best defensive back. He was also a First Team All-Big 12 selection by the AP and Coaches.
He was a huge difference maker in OU’s secondary and the undisputed leader of the group. After monster sophomore and junior seasons, quarterbacks tried their best to avoid passing near no. 14.
The other Sooner to accept an invite was none other than Jalen Saunders.
The Fresno State Bulldogs transfer provided big relief in OU’s special teams. As a punt returner, Saunders averaged 16.8 yards per return, returning two for touchdowns. Both touchdowns were game-turning plays that helped spark victories against the Iowa State Cyclones and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Saunders played a big role in the passing game as well, tallying 654 receiving yards on 56 receptions. Saunders had six receiving touchdowns, the last coming as the game-winner against the Cowboys.
The California native made a huge impact in his two-year career at OU. The elusive 5-9, 157 pound wideout had speed and moves reminiscent of Ryan Broyles in both the passing and punt return game.
Hopefully the two can even further their draft stock in the Senior Bowl, a game that really helped ex-Sooner lineman Lane Johnson ascend near the top of the draft board last year.
Best of luck to both. You can watch the Senior Bowl following all the bowl festivities on January 25, 2014. The game kicks off at 3 P.M. CST and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network.