University of Oregon senior linebacker Casey Matthews is among the 13 players from the Pacific-10 Conference who will be showcased to play in the 62nd Under Armour Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 29, in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff for the college all-star game is scheduled for 1 p.m. PST in Ladd-Peebles Stadium, with the game and all practices to be televised by NFL Network.
Matthews, a first-team all-conference pick and All-America mention, finished his senior season as the Ducks’ leading tackler, posting 79 stops. In addition, the co-recipient of the Ducks’ Most Outstanding Player award tied for third in the league in fumble recoveries (3), was third on the team with three interceptions and fourth in tackles for loss with 9.0.
He will become Oregon’s first Senior Bowl representative since Patrick Chung, Jeremiah Johnson and Max Unger were selected to play in the 2009 game.
Matthews, along with players from California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington will represent the North roster, while selections from Arizona and USC will play for the South squad.
Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis and his staff will coach the North squad, while Buffalo Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey and his staff will oversee the South team.
In addition, the Ducks will have three representatives playing in this weekend’s 86th annual East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla. Saturday’s game will start at 1 p.m. PST in the Florida Citrus Bowl and also will be televised on NFL Network.
Defensive tackle Brandon Bair and wide receiver Jeff Maehl will play on the West team, while defensive end Kenny Rowe will represent the East team.
Maehl was a first-team Pac-10 all-conference choice by the league’s coaches, while Bair and Rowe were both named to the second-team all-conference unit.
Maehl completed his Oregon career as one of its most prolific receivers in school history, equaling the school’s single-season and career records with 77 and 178 catches, respectively, establishing a new standard with 12 touchdown grabs in 2010 and sharing the career TD mark with 24 scores, and finishing third in one-year receiving yards with 1,076 yards as a senior.
Rowe led the Pac-10 with five forced fumbles this season and was second in the conference with 16.5 tackles for loss. He was second on team with 48 tackles, including four tackles for loss in the BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn.
Bair finished the year seventh on the team in tackles (47) and was third in the league with 16 TFLs.