Three seniors to play in all-star games

Herald Staff

Three Topper seniors have been chosen to play in separate NCAA all-star games next month.

Senior running back Antonio Andrews has been invited to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, senior linebacker Xavius Boyd has been asked to take part in the Medal of Honor Bowl and senior linebacker Andrew Jackson has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The all-star games are intended to showcase graduating seniors before the NFL Draft.

Andrews set a new WKU record this season with 1,730 rushing yards, good for No. 4 in the NCAA, and he currently leads all FBS players with an average of 218.3 all-purpose yards per game. The Reese’s Senior Bowl will take place on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala.

Boyd had a breakout season for the Toppers, leading WKU and the Sun Belt Conference as a whole with 15.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks while picking up 103 total tackles. This is the first year players will compete in the Medal of Honor Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 11 in Charleston, S.C.

Jackson has been the focal point of the Topper defense for the past three seasons. He finished the regular season with 95 total tackles and has racked up 326 tackles over the course of his career. He is expected to participate in either the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., or the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. Both take place on Jan. 18.

The WKU football team is still waiting to find out if it will compete in a bowl game.