Jan. 12, 2012
(Courtesy Senior Bowl)
Mobile, AL. (Jan. 12)--The South squad for the 2012 Senior Bowl will feature three record-setting quarterbacks. Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Arizona's Nick Foles and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley have all officially accepted invites to the senior showcase event, it was announced today. Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was previously announced to the South roster, will not be able to participate in the Senior Bowl due to an injury he sustained while training for the event.
The 2012 Senior Bowl is set for 3pm (CT) on Saturday, Jan. 28th in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The event and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.
"I think we've identified three solid quarterback prospects in Brandon Weeden, Nick Foles and Ryan Lindley," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "All three guys are 6'4" and above and all possess tremendous arm strength and the leadership abilities that NFL clubs are looking for. We're excited about bringing them here to the Senior Bowl to compete at the highest level."
Weeden was a second team All-Big 12 selection in 2011 after leading his team to a 12-1 record, Fiesta Bowl victory and number three national ranking. The Manning Award finalist finished the year ranked in the top five in every major passing category, including second in passing yards (4,727), second in passing yards per game (363.6), third in total offense (355.8 ypg), third in completions per game (31.4) and fourth in touchdown passes (37). He set the Oklahoma State single-season records for passing yards, total offense (4,625 yds), attempts (564), completions (408) and touchdown passes.
"It's exciting. I'm excited about the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country. It's a huge honor to get an invite and it's a good quarterback class and I'm just happy to be a part of the six," Weeden said.
Foles was an Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 selection in 2011 after throwing for a single-season school record 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns for the Wildcats.
The three-year starter also broke the Arizona record for attempts (560) and completions (387) this season and finished the year with a 69.1% completion percentage. He ranked in the top five in most major passing categories, including completions per game (32.3--2nd), passing yards per game (361.2--3rd), total offense per game (352.6--4th) and total passing yards (4,334--5th).
"It's a great honor. It's something that growing up as a kid you always want to play in an all-star game like the Senior Bowl and I have the privilege to be one of six quarterbacks selected," Foles said.
Foles leaves Arizona as the Wildcat's all-time leading passer with 10,011 yards and is tied for the lead on the school's all-time list with 67 touchdown passes. He also holds the school record for career attempts (1,369), completions (933) and total offense (9,722).
"It's really exciting. It's a different game now, it's not college football and it's not high school so I'm just going to go out there and get a taste of what the NFL is going to be like--that's what I'm looking forward to," Foles added.
Lindley threw for 3,153 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, capping off his year with 413 yards passing and three touchdowns in the New Orleans Bowl. The 6'4", 230 pound signal-caller finished the year ranked third in the Mountain West in completions per game (18.23), third in total offense (238.62 ypg), fourth in passing efficiency (125.7) and fifth in points responsible for (10.92 pg).
"I'm extremely excited about it," Lindley said of receiving a Senior Bowl invite. "It's without a doubt an honor. If you look in the past who's been invited, especially the quarterbacks that have been through there, it's a great deal and I'm really excited to be a part of the game."
Lindley leaves San Diego State as the Aztec's all-time career leader in several different categories, including passing yards (12,690), touchdowns (90), total offense (12,415), completions (961) and
quarterback starts (49). He is also the Mountain West's career passing leader and ranks in the top five among NCAA active career leaders in yards, attempts (1,732), completions and touchdowns.
Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), all area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.