Monday, January 11, 2010

Idaho All-American Guard Mike Iupati To Play in Senior Bowl

Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati — No. 1 guard rated by NFL Mocks — will participate in the Under Armour Senior Bowl. Iupati received All-American honors this season and with an impressive showing during the week he could hear his name called in round one.
The North squad’s offensive line in this month’s Under Armour Senior Bowl just got a whole lot bigger.  University of Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati, who stands 6-6 and weighs 325 pounds, has officially accepted an invitation to the senior showcase event, officials announced today.  The 2010 game is scheduled for January 30th at 3 pm (CT) in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised live by the NFL Network.
Iupati (pronounced ee-YOU-PAH-tee) earned consensus All-American honors this season after being named to the first team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America.  He was also named to the Sporting News’ second team All American squad.
An Outland Trophy finalist and first team All-WAC selection, Iupati helped the Vandals claim just the second bowl victory in program history—a 43-42 win over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl.  He didn’t allow a single sack all season and graded out at 90 percent or better in all 13 games.
The annual Senior Bowl is where the nations top seniors come and showcase their skills for top NFL scouts in a week long event. Participants take part in various drills and they receive coaching from NFL staffs.
More than 800 NFL scouts, coaches, and general managers make the trip to Mobile, Ala. where the Senior Bowl is held. The week of practices, and the game itself, will be aired live on the NFL Network.

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