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Senior Bowl Week is Underway!

Senior Bowl Week is Underway!.

Mobile, AL. - Senior Bowl Week 2012 is off and running with the arrival of the top senior college football players this weekend. Senior Bowl players underwent physicals, filled out questionnaires and then met with their respective coaching staffs. The Minnesota Vikings will be coaching the North squad this week, while the Washington Redskins will head up the South.

While the day was filled with anticipation and excitement for many of the nation’s top NFL draft prospects, a few Senior Bowlers had mixed emotions on Sunday. With the passing of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno dominating the news, former Nittany Lions Jack Crawford and D’Anton Lynn met with the media on Sunday to share their thoughts on the legendary coach.

The first official rosters were announced on Sunday. Among the new additions were Cincinnati defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, California wide receiver Marvin Jones and Texas A&M defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie. Jerod-Eddie will line up alongside the likes of North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples on the South defensive line this week. Coples addressed the media Sunday at a kickoff press conference.

“Just go out and have fun,” Coples said. “It’s set up to be a fun bowl and have a great experience, and at the same time, it’s a business and you have to approach it as a business. But most important, you just have to go out and have fun and compete with the most elite college athletes in America.”

Senior Bowl Week continues today with the National Scouting Weigh-In in the morning followed by the first practice sessions of the week. Both teams will hit the field at 2:45pm (CT) Monday, with the South working out at Fairhope Municipal Stadium and the North practicing at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. All practices are free and open to the public.

Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.

About the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.