NU Sends Five Players to Senior Bowl

Roy Helu Jr., Alex Henery, Pierre Allen, Mike McNeill and Niles Paul will represent the Huskers in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl next Saturday, Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala., giving Nebraska the most participants of any school. The game and all practices will be televised by the NFL Network.

Nebraska's contingent, in addition to fellow Big 12 foes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado and Kansas State, will play for the North squad. A total of 17 Big 12 players were selected to play in the 29th annual Senior Bowl, as NU led with five selections, while Oklahoma was second with three.

Roy Helu Jr. completed one of the finest careers as a Nebraska running back in 2010. The Danville, Calif., native moved into the top five on the Cornhuskers' career rushing list, while placing his name in the NU record book in several other areas. Helu Jr. rushed for a team-high 1,245 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, including four 100-yard rushing games. The senior had a record-setting day against Missouri, rushing for a school-record 307 yards and three touchdowns. Helu Jr. was honored for his efforts throughout the season, as he was chosen as a second team All-Big 12 choice by the league's coaches.

Alex Henery ended his career as Nebraska's all-time scoring leader with 397 points. The Omaha native connected on 18-of-19 field goals as a senior, while he was a perfect 54-of-54 on PAT attempts. Henery's accuracy in 2010 improved his career field goal mark to 68-of-76, and his 89.5 percent career accuracy percentage betters the NCAA record of 87.8 percent. This season, Henery scored 108 points, his third straight 100-point season. Henery also averaged 43.2 yards per punt and placed 26 of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He was a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press,,, and, as well as a first-team All-Big 12 choice by several media outlets, including the AP.

Pierre Allen was a first team All-Big 12 selection from his defensive end spot for the Cornhuskers this season. He recorded 65 total tackles in 2010 to go along with 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Allen closed out his career with an eight tackle effort against Washington in the Holiday Bowl. Allen was a key member of a Nebraska defense that ranked second in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in total defense (306.8 ypg) this season. The Denver, Colo., native finished his career with 174 total tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in 39 starts.

Mike McNeill played wide receiver for Nebraska his senior season, but will come to Mobile as a tight end-a position he played his first three years for the Huskers. The Kirkwood, Mo., native reeled in 21 passes for 346 yards and one touchdown this season. He enjoyed his best season as a sophomore when he caught 32 passes for 442 yards and six scores-a single-season high for a tight end at Nebraska. McNeill finished his career with 82 catches for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns, becoming just the 19th player in school history to break the 1,000-yard receiving mark.

Niles Paul was a second team All-Big 12 selection for Nebraska this season as both a wide receiver and return specialist. He caught 39 passes for a team-high 516 yards and one touchdown, returned 19 kicks for 464 yards and a score and fielded 14 punts for 160 yards in 2010. The Omaha native leaves Nebraska ranked sixth in school history with 103 career receptions and fifth in receiving yards with 1,532. His 1,887 career kickoff return yards rank second in school history and his 4,122 all-purpose yards rank fifth all-time at Nebraska.

The Senior Bowl is college football's premier pre-draft event. It annually features the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams.

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