You still have one more opportunity to watch a beloved Bulldog senior (and a host of other SEC football players) before they start playing exclusively on Sundays. This afternoon the NFL Network will be televising the Senior Bowl, a final chance for college football looking to impress scouts and coaches on the field before the NFL Combine, that stylized gym class fitness exam leading up to the NFL Draft. Amarlo Herrera, perennial starter at linebacker and a favorite interview of Dawg Sports staffers and readers alike, will be suiting up for the South team in this afternoon's game.
Herrera has spent the past couple of years among the leaders in tackles among SEC football players yet inexplicably left off of most postseason honors lists. He's impressed at practices this week which, as Mel Kiper, Jr. notes, can lead to a solid one or two round bump in a guy's draft stock. Which means a bigger contract. Which means he can make a bigger Hartman Fund contribution later. So as you can see, this game has far-reaching consequences for all of us.
Bulldog fans will recognize plenty of big names in the game besides Herrera. Baylor QB Bryce Petty will be at the helm of the North team, throwing to Missouri WR Marcus Murphy and Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery. For those who don't follow PAC-12 football, Montgomery is a fast, physical receiver who Georgia really recruited hard out of high school in Dallas. They'll be teamed with Nebraska tailback Ameer Abdullah and Harvard outside linebacker Zack Hodges because yay smart kids.
In addition to Herrera the South roster includes Alabama signal caller Blake Sims and Auburn QB Nick Marshall, who is lining up at cornerback. You know, where Georgia's coaches told him his NFL future was back in 2010. Fancy that. On the offensive side of the line you'll find former North Gwinnett QB C.J. Uzomah, who came to Auburn as a QB as well only to end up playing tight end. The position at which the Bulldogs recruited him. Again, weird.
Other familiar names for the south include Missouri DE Markus Golden, Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt, Auburn DT Gabe Wright, Center Reese Dismukes, and Alabama offensive linemen Austin Sheperd and Arie Koundijo.