Two players on the Michigan football team will suit up one last time before they embark on a playing career they hope will be in the NFL.
Karan Higdon and Chase Winovich have both accepted invites to the Senior Bowl, the high-profile college football all-star game set for Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Higdon was announced last week, with Winovich’s planned attendance unveiled on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 84 college football seniors and graduating juniors had accepted their invites to the game, which will be televised live on NFL Network from Ladd-Peebles Stadium, home to the University of South Alabama.
The game is part of a week-long event that includes a series of practices in front of NFL coaches and interviews with professional scouts. It’s a good opportunity for players to boost their stock ahead of April’s NFL draft, of which Higdon and Winovich are bowl eligible for.
Both made the decision to return to Michigan for their senior seasons, and aided in a 10-2 regular season and tie for first place in the Big Ten East. The seventh-ranked Wolverines received an invite to the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta, where it will play No. 10 Florida.
Higdon, a running back, rushed for 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns. His rushing total was third-most in the Big Ten, despite missing a game, and he earned unanimous first-team all-conference honors from the coaches and media.
Winovich, a defensive end, totaled 62 tackles — 14 1/2 for a loss — and four sacks for the Wolverines, and was a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection. The Jefferson Hills, Pa., native is projected to be a Day 2 pick in the NFL draft.
Last year, Michigan had two players suit up for the Senior Bowl: center Mason Cole and linebacker Mike McCray. Maurice Hurst was invited but did not participate.