STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern senior safety J.J. Wilcox received an invite to the Senior Bowl Monday. The Senior Bowl will be held on January 26, 2013 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. and will also air on the NFL Network.
The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier pre-draft event. It annually features the country's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South. Both teams are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams.
"It's a great showcase to be able to show off Georgia Southern to the nation," Wilcox said after Monday's practice. "It's a blessing. I was in the right spot at the right time. The coaches put me in a great position, and it's a blessing and a privilege just to be able to play."
After spending three years on the offensive side of the ball where he accumulated 964 career rushing yards, Wilcox moved to safety before the start of fall practice this season. The Cairo, Ga., native ranks second on the team with 79 tackles while also returning 27 kicks for 711 yards. He was also selected to his first ever All-Conference team this season and was a First Team All-Southern Conference selection by the league's coaches.
Wilcox will be just the second Eagle in the history of the program to play in the Senior Bowl, with Adrian Peterson in 2002 being the only other selection.
Wilcox and his Georgia Southern teammates travel to Old Dominion Saturday for a noon kickoff on ESPN.