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3 Auburn Tigers to play in Reese's Senior Bowl

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Three Auburn Tigers were among 16 players to accept their invitations to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl today.

Placekicker Daniel Carlson, a three-time Lou Groza Award finalist, was joined by safety Tray Matthews and long snapper Ike Powell. Two more Auburn standouts have been invited to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Also among the 16 accepted invites today were Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagali, Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver over the weekend.

The latest group of accepted invites pushes the roster total to 79. As the game approaches, that number will grow to 110 players who will come to Mobile to compete in practices, interview with the 32 NFL clubs and then play in the 69th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl on January 27, 2018 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game starts at 1:30pm CT and is televised live on NFL Network.

Today's accepted invites (alphabetical): 

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia – Walter Camp All-American leads all safeties with 121 tackles and has 4 interceptions in 2017. Virginia’s all-time leading tackler with 479 total stops, which is the most by a defensive back in ACC history.
Christian Campbell, CB, Penn State – Emerged as a height-weight-speed prospect as a first-year full-time starter. Had a pass breakup in seven straight games starting in last year’s Rose Bowl. Coached by Senior Bowl Hall of Famer Woodrow Lowe in high school.
Daniel Carlson, PK, Auburn – Three-time Lou Groza Award finalist. All-time leading scorer in SEC history.
Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin – Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Award in the Big Ten. All-American finished with 516 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2017.
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP – Four-year starter at left guard with 49 consecutive starts. Pro Football Focus All-American, First-Team All-Conference USA.
Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State – 6-foot-5, 270-pounder with versatility to rush the passer from inside and outside. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.
Tray Matthews, S, Auburn – Four-year starter in the SEC beginning at Georgia. Transferred to Auburn in 2014. Tigers’ second-leading tackler in 2017.
Kamrin Moore, CB, Boston College – Three-year starter led the team with 9 pass breakups in 2017.
Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina – All-SEC and four-year starter excelled after missing 2016 with a herniated disk. Gamecocks’ all-time leader with 14 interceptions and just the 15th player in NCAA history to lead his team in tackles four seasons in a row.
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State – One of the top interior defensive linemen in the country as a First-Team All-ACC three-year starter on the Noles defense. 3.5 sacks in 2017. 
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan – First-Team All-MAC starter at left tackle the last two seasons after moving from right tackle. Third straight Bronco offensive lineman in the Senior Bowl. Will be just 20 years old on Draft Day.
Ike Powell, LS, Auburn – Former walk-on has been the starting snapper the last three seasons on the plains with snap times under .70.
Frank Ragnow, OC, Arkansas – All-American enter and No.2-ranked center by ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Has started at guard and center. Suffered season-ending injury vs. Auburn.
Jaylen Samuels, FB/RB/TE, NC State – First-Team All-ACC all-purpose offensive weapon. Career-high 69 receptions for 551 yards and career-high 383 rushing yards with 15 total touchdowns in 2017.
Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame – 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end that poses as a receiving threat and a blocker. Career-high 18.0 yards per catch in 2017.
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State – Nation’s leading receiver with 1,423 yards. Biletnikoff Award winner as College Football’s top receiver.

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