Emil Igwenagu To Play In Senior Bowl

Emil Igwenagu will play in the Senior Bowl this Saturday.

Emil Igwenagu will play in the Senior Bowl this Saturday.

Jan. 24, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - Coming off a strong performance at last weekend's East-West Shrine game, Emil Igwenagu will once again be in the spotlight as he suits up for the 2012 Senior Bowl this Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Fans can watch the game beginning at 4 PM on the NFL Network. Igwenagu becomes the sixth player in program history to play in the prestigious postseason game.

The Senior Bowl will be another chance for Igwenagu to improve his NFL draft status. He is currently the fourth-rated fullback available in the 2012 NFL Draft according to and is projected to be a 6th-to-7th round pick.

Igwenagu joins a select group of Minutemen who have played in the Senior Bowl including Milt Morin (1966), John Hulecki (1972), Ed McAleney (1976), James Files (1976), and Vladimir Ducasse (2010).

The native of Boyleston, Mass., had an outstanding senior campaign in 2011 where he earned Colonial Athletic Association First-Team All-Conference pick and served as the Minutemen's co-captain for the second consecutive year. The halfback/tight end combo hauled in a career-high 38 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown for the year.

At Old Dominion, Igwenagu led a huge UMass comeback effort with a career-high 10 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a four-catch, 99-yard performance against Central Connecticut.

In the classroom, Igwenagu was equally impressive earning the UMass Male Fall Scholar-Athlete Award as a kinesiology major.

About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring 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 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at .



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