SALT LAKE CITY — Utah senior defensive end Nate Orchard has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Orchard is among the first 11 players announced and the first invited from the Pac-12 to participate in the Senior Bowl. A total of 110 players from around the country will be invited to participate in the game on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
“We are so pleased that these invited players have responded so quickly in accepting to play in our 2015 game,” Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage said in a statement. “The importance of this event in the timeline of the NFL Draft cannot be understated and these prospects really understand the opportunity here.”
Orchard is joined by Penn State safety Adrian Amos, East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, Navy long snapper Joseph Cardona, Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis, Michigan State free safety Kurtis Drummond, Oklahoma linebacker Geneo Grissom, East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy, Penn State linebacker Mike Hull, Northern Iowa running back David Johnson and Samford free safety Jaquiski Tartt.
Orchard has amassed 63 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks this season. Orchard is ranked fifth in the country in tackles for loss and is second in the country in sacks. He is also one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award for the college lineman of the year and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation’s outstanding defensive player.
The Reese's Senior Bowl will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The game is considered an all-star exhibition game for prospective players looking to be drafted in the upcoming NFL draft. More players will be added to the roster each Monday through mid-January.