Two Bears To Play In Under Armour Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (Jan. 22) - Two California stars -- defensive back Daymeion Hughes and defensive lineman Brandon Mebane -- are among the 100 top NFL draft prospects participating in the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Alabama.

Hughes and Mebane, who in addition to playing together at Cal, both attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, will play on the Senior Bowl's North squad, which is being coached by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden and his staff.

Hughes was the 2006 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American. He led the conference with eight interceptions and also tallied 72 tackles and 11 pass-break-ups. Mebane was the driving force behind Cal's defensive success - the Bears allowed less than 20 points per game for the second year in a row. The burly defensive tackle registered a career-best 52 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and four sacks.

The players will have one practice per day during Senior Bowl Week, January 22-26, capped off by the 58th annual Under Armour Senior Bowl game on Saturday, January 27. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the contest will be nationally-televised by the NFL Network.

Fans will also be able to follow the playersprogress through the NFL Network's complete coverage of this year's Senior Bowl practices, as over 14 hours of Senior Bowl content will air during the week. NFL Network telecasts will air on Monday through Thursday of the week, including nightly recap shows in primetime. All times are central, and a complete NFL Network Senior Bowl broadcast schedule is listed at the bottom of this story.

The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country's best senior NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. The Senior Bowl is also attended by over 700 NFL coaches, scouts and other front office personnel each year.

The South squad will be coached by San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and his staff.

In 2006, 15 Senior Bowl players were chosen in the first-round of the NFL Draft, and over 90 percent of the Senior Bowl players are chosen in the draft each year.

Over 572 former Senior Bowl players were on active rosters in the NFL in 2006, with 24 former Senior Bowlers being named to the rosters for this year's NFL Pro Bowl. That group includes the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2006, running back LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers, and Miami Dolphins' defensive end Jason Taylor, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year this season.

The Senior Bowl is also a non-profit, charitable event that has donated over $4 million through the Food World-Senior Bowl Charitable Partnership over the last ten years.

For more information, visit the bowl's website at Top Stories