Senior Bowl

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Jake Ganus representing UAB at Senior Bowl

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Linebacker Jake Ganus transferred to Georgia last year following the abrupt shutdown of the UAB football program by the school. Ganus went on to have a standout season in Athens and earned team MVP honors. Now at the Senior Bowl, Ganus is staying true to his roots and representing the UAB program back in Alabama.

“I’ve had that helmet with me for a while,” Ganus after Senior Bowl practice Thursday, per SEC Country. “I spent three years there, I have hundreds of teammates and a bunch of coaches. I just wanted today to be the day I could just honor them. It’s all about my teammates. They got me to Georgia, those coaches got me to Georgia, those coaches they gave me a scholarship and I’m grateful to them and UAB for that. I’ll be wearing the Georgia helmet on Saturday, but I just want to take a day and thank them.”

Of course, nobody from the Georgia community will be likely to have a problem not seeing Ganus wearing the signature red helmet with the “G” logo, considering the story that led Ganus to Georgia. But don’t worry Georgia fans, Ganus appreciates all of your support too.

“I’ve got two fan bases behind me, it’s awesome.”

UAB reversed its original decision to eliminate football, but the Blazers are not expected to play again until the 2017 season at the earliest. UAB head coach Bill Clark has remained committed to seeing the program return to the field despite reports of Southern Mississippi having interest in the Blazers coach taking over as its head coach.

Senior Bowl was a Twitter winner ahead of UFC and college hoops

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The week between the NFL’s conference championship Sunday and the Super Bowl tends to be a rough one for sports on TV. But even when things look bleak, football finds a way to come out a winner.

Saturday’s Senior Bowl was the number one sports program being tweeted about yesterday, according to the overnight numbers from Nielsen. The Senior Bowl, which aired on NFL Network, saw a larger unique audience on Twitter than UFC Fight Night on FOX and a men’s college basketball game between Michigan and Wisconsin airing on ESPN.

Per Nielsen’s numbers, over 2 million Twitter users keeping tabs on the Senior Bowl, which was won by the North. The college football all-star event stayed just ahead of the UFC fight, which had 1.976 million paying attention on Twitter. The UFC event did have more unique authors (31,000 different unique authors) than the Senior Bowl (19,000 unique authors on Twitter).

Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings: Unique Audience (1/24/2015)

1. Senior Bowl, NFL Network – 2,003,000

2. UFC Fight Night, FOX – 1,976,000

3. College Basketball (Michigan vs. Wisconsin), ESPN – 1,804,000

4. Spanish Primera Division Soccer (Cordoba CF vs. Real Madrid CF), beIN Sports – 1,775,000

5. NBA Basketball (Detroit vs. Milwaukee), NBA TV – 1,758,000

Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings: Unique Authors (1/24/2015)

1. UFC Fight Night, FOX – 31,000

2. Spanish Primera Division Soccer (Cordoba CF vs. Real Madrid CF), beIN Sports – 26,000

3. Senior Bowl, NFL Network – 19,000

4. NBA Basketball (Detroit vs. Milwaukee), NBA TV – 14,000

5. College Basketball (Michigan vs. Wisconsin), ESPN – 13,000

Auburn QB Nick Marshall on Senior Bowl waiting list

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The Senior Bowl is the elite all-star game for college football’s finest looking to take the next step toward the NFL. For Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, it remains to be seen whether or not he will be invited beyond the velvet rope in Mobile, Alabama later this month. Right now he is on the waiting list.

There are two invitations awaiting a response to fill the official Senior Bowl roster. Those invites have been extended to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and UCLA’s Brett Hundley, according to Al.com. Should either turn down the invitation, Marshall could slide right in.

There is even a chance Marshall could play in the game at a position other than quarterback. With scouts not likely to take a look at Marshall for his passing skills, the Senior Bowl could be a good opportunity for Marshall to open some eyes at another position. Defensive back even seems to be one option.

“Nick Marshall’s still very much a viable option for us at quarterback and/or at defensive back,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said in an interview with Al.com.

It is not expected Mariota or Hundley will turn down the opportunity to attend the Senior Bowl, because it is a valuable resource for draft prospects and few turn down the invite to the event. However, even if Mariota and Hundley end up accepting their invites and filling the roster spots, there may still be hope for Marshall as spots can easily open up between now and the end of the month for one reason or another.

The Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 24 in Mobile, Alabama.

Senior Bowl players to be coached by Titans and Jaguars coaches

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The Senior Bowl is considered the biggest offseason event for college football’s top stars heading to the NFL, outside of the NFL Scouting Combine of course. This year’s game will see coaches from the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars get the opportunity to coach the top seniors next month. The Senior Bowl announced the decision Tuesday evening.

This will be the second time the NFL franchises have sent coaches to the Senior Bowl, and this is the second straight season the Jaguars have had their coaches in the game. Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff will coach the North team. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and his staff will coach the South team.

“It’s always an honor and a privilege for the Reese’s Senior Bowl to have our game coached by NFL staffs and 2015 will be no exception,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama will be held on January 24, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. eastern. The game will be seen on NFL Network.

The Titans have the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Jaguars are set to draft with the third overall pick. The game is an excellent chance for the coaches to get a chance to work with a number of potential draft picks, but the week is full of scouting opportunities for coaches and scouts from around the league.