Chris Rainey, Jaye Howard invited to 2012 Senior Bowl
Former Gator RB Chris Rainey and defensive tackle Jaye Howard, have been selected to participate in the 2012 Senior Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network.
Rainey and Howard are the 15th and 16th players from UF to participate in the Senior Bowl. Their selections mark the third consecutive year Florida has been represented in Mobile. In 2009, Riley Cooper and Tim Tebow took part in the Senior Bowl and in 2010 Ahmad Black, Marcus Gilbert, Chas Henry and Mike Pouncey played in the annual all-star game.
“Chris and Jaye both enjoyed outstanding seasons and careers for Florida and we’re excited about adding them to the South roster,” said Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale. “Both players bring a lot of talent to the table and it will be fun watching them compete along with the rest of the nation’s top seniors here at the Senior Bowl.”
Jaye Howard is the second defensive player and first defensive lineman to compete in the Senior Bowl for the Gators. He was fourth on the team with 65 tackles and second on the team with a career-high tying five and a half sacks in 2011.
“I want to prove that I’m one of the elite defenders in this class this year and it’s a business trip for me,” Howard said.
Chris Rainey is the third running back to compete in the all-star game for UF.
"It feels good,'' Rainey said. "I know a lot of great players have come to this game and I’m glad I’m invited and hope to do the best that I can to compete with the other greats.''