Dec. 30, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB's Matt McCants, a two-time first-team All-Conference USA performer and one of the top offensive linemen in school history, has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 in Mobile, Ala.
The Senior Bowl showcases the top NFL Draft prospects of those collegiate players who have completed their eligibility.
The 2012 game will kick off at 3:00 p.m. CT at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised by the NFL Network.
McCants, who is from Mobile and attended Williamson High School, made 42 career starts at tackle for the Blazers.
The 6-7, 295-pound McCants was a first-team selection on the Coaches' all-conference squad as a both a junior and senior.
"Just to be considered to play in the Senior Bowl (is an honor)," said McCants. "It is the mecca of all all-star games. That's where all the great players have played and so many NFL guys. To be selected to play in the game is just an honor.
"Me and my dad, any chance we could get we would go over there (Ladd-Peebles Stadium). Being so close at Williamson we used to go over and watch practice. My dream when I left to go to UAB was to always come back and to one day have a chance to play in the Senior Bowl. It's almost like a dream come true, really."
He also earned first-team accolades following the 2011 season by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and College Football News.
McCants was a major reason why the Blazers surrendered just 1.5 sacks per game this season. Over the past two years, McCants and his offensive line mates yielded just 30 sacks in 24 games. McCants was also on the watch list for this season's Rotary Lombardi Award.
McCants is the seventh UAB player to be invited to the Senior Bowl, joining the following former Blazers: 2002 - Eddie Freeman, DL; Bryan Thomas, DL; 2003 - Chris Brown, DB; 2005 - Roddy White, WR; 2006 - Darrell Hackney, QB; and 2010 - Joe Webb, *WR/QB.