Notre Dame signal caller Brady Quinn will get an invite, but it remains to be seen if he shows up. After a disappointing season in '06, Quinn has a lot to gain from a big Senior Bowl week. Ditto for Drew Stanton, who has been extended an invitation. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith is likely to be in Mobile. So will UTEP's Jordan Palmer, whose older brother secured himself as the first pick of the draft in '03 with a strong week in Mobile. Houston's Kevin Kolb is another quarterback expected to play in the Senior Bowl. Stanford's Trent Edwards is also likely to receive an invitation. Edwards, who had his season cut short with injury, may wait until the last minute to see if he is healthy enough to play. If he can't go the belief is John Beck from BYU will fill in.
Rutgers's Brian Leonard has been extended an invitation at fullback. At running back Kenny Irons of Auburn has been invited as has Tony Hunt of Penn State. Though he cooled down after a great start to the season Garrett Wolfe of Northern Illinois is expected to receive an invitation for the week. A decision is still being made on Ken Darby, though the home field advantage for the Alabama senior makes him a likely recipient of an invitation despite his terrible campaign in '06.
Tight End/Wide Receiver
A number of receivers are on their way to Mobile.
We were a bit surprised to learn from several sources that West Virginia's Brandon Myles is getting an invitation as is Paul Williams of Fresno State. Struggling with injuries this year, Williams production was limited after missing several games with knee and ankle ailments.
Another USC Trojan on the way up draft boards who is expected to participate in Mobile is center Ryan Kalil. Dan Mozes of West Virginia, Ohio State's Doug Datish and Leroy Harris of North Carolina State are the other blockers on the pivot that will all be invited.
The surprise exclusion to this point is Fresno State's Kyle Young who was dismissed from the team during the latter third of the season for not attending class.
Hawaii's Samson Satele is expected to be on hand and should see plenty of time at both center and guard.
After the showing D'brickashaw Ferguson turned in at last year's Senior Bowl a number of highly rated tackles who received invitations are expected to accept their invitations to the Senior Bowl.
At defensive tackle Tank Tyler of North Carolina State, Brandon Mebane of Cal, Louisville's Amobi Okoye and Quinn Pitcock from Ohio State have all been invited. There is some belief Utah's Paul Soliai, who is flying up draft boards, could receive an invitation.
One player who won't be going to Mobile is Marcus Thomas.
Sources have told us Thomas was scratched from the list after he was dismissed from the Gator squad last month for yet more rules violations. His replacement looks like it will be Kareem Brown of Miami-Fl.
Most of the highest rated linebackers have been invited and are expected to participate.
David Harris of Michigan has also received the call to come to Mobile for the week.
Like linebacker, the highest rated defensive backs are likely to accept their invitations for Senior Bowl week.
They include cornerback Leon Hall of Michigan, Tanard Jackson of Syracuse, Aaron Ross from Texas as well as a trio from the SEC including Fred Bennett of South Carolina, David Irons from Auburn and Tennessee's Jonathan Wade.
Cal's Daymeion Hughes is also expected to receive and invitation. So is another west coast cornerback, Fresno State's Marcus McCauley, who's watching his draft stock is plummet.
The list of safeties expected at Senior Bowl week is equally impressive.
Arizona's Michael Johnson will be asked to participate and the rumor is so will Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski.
Zbikowski's invitation has raised some eyebrows. While he previously announced his intention to play in the NFL next year at season's start, Zbikowski is still classified as a red-shirt junior by NCAA standards and not a senior.
Unlike other all-star games the Senior Bowl has not invited underclassmen in the past.
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