LSU's top two receivers and a reserve defensive end are playing in college all-star games.
DJ Chark, an Alexandria native who leads the Tigers in receptions and yards, accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, the premier college all-star game, the bowl announced Monday. Receiver Russell Gage, a Baton Rouge native, and defensive end Frank Herron accepted invites to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The Senior Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. Jan. 27 from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. It is televised by NFL Network. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is played Jan. 20 from the Rose Bowl in California. It is televised by FS1.
These yearly all-star games provide seniors the opportunity to practice a full week in front of NFL scouts, coaches and executives.
Chark passed on going pro last offseason, returning to the team for his final year of eligibility. He's projected as a second-to-fourth round draft pick by various outlets. Chark, a speedster who returned two punts for scores this season, caught 35 passes for 811 yards and had 63 rushing yards.
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Gage had 19 catches for 270 yards this season and was crucial on LSU's jet sweep plays, running for 217 yards. He averaged 8 yards a carry on his 27 handoffs.
Herron missed the first six games of this season while, presumably, under suspension. The fifth-year senior from Memphis returned to serve as a key rotational player on LSU's D-line, amassing 19 tackles, two for loss, and forcing a fumble.
Players who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl are released by the bowl each Monday. NFLPA participants have been released on the game's Twitter account over the last month. LSU is likely to have more participants in all-star games, but they have not yet been announced.
Former LSU defensive lineman and current Southeastern Louisiana star Sione Teuhema accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
There is another all-star game for college seniors or draft-eligible players: the East-West Shrine Game, played in St. Petersburg on Jan. 20.
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