This Saturday is the Reese’s Senior Bowl, and if you tune in you might see some familiar faces.
Jordan Sterns and Blake Jarwin, two players who just finished their last seasons at OSU with an Alamo Bowl victory, will be playing in the showcase event.
The Senior Bowl is a way for seniors looking to enter the draft to show their talents. The game will be at Ladd-Pebbles stadium in Mobile, Alabama. You can watch it on the NFL Network at 1:30 p.m.
Sterns finished his career as a Cowboy as one of the best defensive players in the Power 5 conferences with 217 career solo tackles and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2016. Sterns definitely has a chance to go early in the draft. And if he looks impressive on Saturday, it could make his chances even greater.
Teammate Blake Jarwin was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster.
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Jarwin recently played in East-West Shrine Game. He will be on the south team with Sterns.
Let’s compare Sterns to other safeties on the south side of the roster.
Sterns had 101 total tackles this season, which is the most of any safety on the south roster, 5.5 tackles for loss totaling 8 yards and 3 interceptions for the 2016 season.
Texas A&M’s Justin Evans had less tackles than Sterns with 87. Evans’ tackles for loss stats are the same as Sterns’. Evans had the most interceptions of all the safeties on the south roster with 4. Playing defense in the SEC is a tough job, and it seems like Evans has risen to the occasion.
Minnesota’s Damarius Travis had even less tackles with 83. However Travis had 5 tackles for loss totaling 16 yeards. Travis had 2 interceptions, which is tied for least with the next player, Rayshawn Jenkins. That’s not a bad season.
Miami’s Rayshawn Jenkins had the lowest amount of tackles of all the safeties on the south roster with 76. Jenkins had more tackles for loss than all of the safeties on the roster with 5.5, but for the same amount of yards as Travis with 16. Like Travis, Jenkins had two interceptions. Jenkins also had 1.5 sacks, being the only safety on the south roster with a recorded sack this season.
Now for the north...
Saint Francis’ Lorenzo Jerome is the first NEC player to go to a Senior Bowl. Jerome had 58 tackles, 5.5 tackle for a loss totaling 28 yards, 2.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. While he has quite a few less tackles than Sterns, his tackles for a loss stat and sack totals are impressive.
Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu had 118 tackles, which is impressive. Melifonwu also had 2.5 tackles for a loss totaling six yards and 4 interceptions, tying Evans. Boston College’s John Johnson had 77 tackles , 2.5 tackles for loss totaling 19 yards, 1 sack and 3 interceptions. While he had less for tackles for loss, they totaled to more yardage than Sterns.
The last safety on the roster is Nebraska’s Nate Gerry. Gerry had 74 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, more than Sterns and 4 interceptions. Gerry was suspended from the Huskers bowl game for academic reasons.
Sterns will also being playing with fellow Big 12 players like Kansas State’s Jordan Willis, West Virginia’s Rasul Douglas and Tyler Orlosky, and Baylor’s Kyle Fuller.
You can find the full the full roster HERE.