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24 SEC players on North, South rosters for 2017 Senior Bowl

2016 Senior Bowl practice
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The 2017 Senior Bowl rosters are out.

The game’s organizers revealed their North and South rosters Wednesday, and the SEC had the most players between the two of any one conference.

The SEC has 24 total players on the rosters – four more than the ACC with 20. The Big Ten has 17 players, the Pac-12 has seven and the Big 12 has six.

In terms of accepted invites, the SEC had 29 players, but former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, former Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis and safety Marcus Maye, former Auburn safety Johnathan “Rudy” Ford, and former LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White will not play in the game because of injuries.

The ACC had the second-most accepted invites with 23.

Notably, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and linebacker Reuben Foster, both of whom are expected to be first-round picks in the upcoming NFL draft, declined invites to the game. The Crimson Tide already has four other former players participating in the game.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook also passed on their invitations. Both players were Heisman Trophy finalists this past season.

Of the two rosters, 21 of the 24 SEC players are playing on the South roster. Overall, 12 of 14 SEC schools will be represented by at least one former player.

Both Alabama and LSU have four players apiece playing in the game to lead the way in terms of SEC representation. Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt also are represented.

But despite an otherwise talented group of players in the game, the quarterbacks won’t be nearly as impressive.

On the North roster, the quarterbacks are Sefo Liufau (Colorado), Nathan Peterman (Pittsburgh; formerly of Tennessee) and C.J. Beathard (Iowa).

On the South roster, it’s Josh Dobbs (Tennessee), Antonio Pipkin (Tiffin, Division II) and Davis Webb (Cal).

Of those quarterbacks, all of them are expected to be either Day 3 draft picks or go undrafted.

The Senior Bowl, an annual college football showcase for players entering the NFL draft, will kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL Network will broadcast the game.

SEC players on South roster (21)

Alabama OLB Ryan Anderson
Alabama TE O.J. Howard
Alabama LS Cole Mazza
Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson
Auburn DT Montravius Adams
Auburn OT Robert Leff
Florida LB Alex Anzalone
Kentucky C Jon Toth
LSU WR Travin Dural
LSU C Ethan Pocic
LSU LB Duke Riley
LSU CB Dwayne Thomas
Mississippi State WR Fred Ross
Mississippi State OT Justin Senior
Ole Miss TE Evan Engram
Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs
Tennessee CB Cameron Sutton
Texas A&M S Justin Evans
Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall
Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds
Vanderbilt OT Will Holden

SEC players on North roster (3)

Arkansas P Toby Baker
Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle
Missouri CB Aarion Penton

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