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Utah State's Tyler Larsen to Play in 2014 Senior Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

USU football player Tyler Larsen

Utah State University senior Tyler Larsen has accepted an invitation to play in the 65th Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

For the fourth time in the last five years, Utah State University has a football player selected to participate in the Senior Bowl. Tyler Larsen has accepted an invitation to play in the annual All-Star game.

The 65th Senior Bowl will be played Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. All practices during the week and the actual game will be televised on the NFL Network (Comcast Ch. 180, Dish Network Ch. 154, DirectTV Ch. 212).

Overall, Larsen is the 18th Utah State player selected to the Senior Bowl since 1962 and the fourth in the past five years, following cornerback Will Davis who played in the 2013 game and recorded an interception, while linebacker Bobby Wagner was named the North’s Most Outstanding Player in 2012 and defensive back Curtis Marsh was selected in 2010.

Larsen, a 6-4, 312-pound senior offensive center from Salt Lake City, Utah, was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports during his senior season, becoming the 12th player in school history to be named a first or second team All-American. He is onlyh the third offensive lineman to be honored. Larsen was also one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy in 2013, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football, and became just the ninth player in school history to be a three-time, first-team all-conference selection after he earned first-team all-Mountain West honors as a senior.

During his senior season in 2013, Larsen started all 14 games at center and led the team with an overall performance grade of 89 percent, including 82 percent in technique and 91 percent in effort. He carried out the right assignment 98 percent of the time, including seven games where he graded out at a perfect 100 percent. He also graded out above 90 percent nine times in total performance and above 85 percent 12 times in effort and above 80 percent nine times in technique. Larsen finished the season with 56.5 knockdowns.

Larsen finished his Utah State career starting 52 consecutive games, which is a school record, and ranks third in the nation among active players. Larsen was also part of the winningest class in school history with 31 victories.

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.

All 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 NFL teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.

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