Every season, dozens of college players who are moving on to the next level play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, one of the best-known all-star games held before the NFL Draft. Several Clemson Football players have participated.
This season the Senior Bowl has released a watchlist of players they feel could be part of the two squads at the end of the season, and the Tigers have six players included.
Defensive tackles Tyler Davis and Ruke Orhorhoro, defensive ends Justin Mascoll and Xavier Thomas, center Will Putnam, and safety Jalyn Phillips have been included on the watchlist.
The first Senior Bowl was held in 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida. The following season it moved to Mobile, Alabama where it has remained ever since. Reese’s became the title sponsor in 2014.
NFL coaches voluntarily take charge of the teams to give the players a taste of professional coaching. The volunteers in turn get up close looks at several draft prospects. Staff from other teams often watch the week-long practice camp before the game is played.
This season’s game will be played on February 3, 2024, in Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile. It will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
KJ Henry and Davis Allen both represented Clemson in last season’s Senior Bowl before being drafted in the 2023 NFL Draft. Davis and Orhorhoro announced an invitation as well before electing to withdraw and return for another season at Clemson.
Several Clemson Football players have landed on watchlists this preseason
- Jeremiah Trotter: Walter Camp, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, and Butkus
- Tyler Davis: Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, and Outland
- Barrett Carter: Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, and Butkus
- Will Shipley: Maxwell, Doak Walker, Wuerffel, and Paul Hornung
- Cade Klubnik: Davey O’Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose
- Andrew Mukuba: Jim Thorpe
- Ruke Orhorhoro: Outland
- Will Putnam: Rimington
- Jake Briningstool: John Mackey
- Dabo Swinney: Dodd