CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina linebacker Kevin Reddick and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams have each accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Mobile, Ala. The Senior Bowl annually features the nation's top NFL draft prospects.
Williams, a native of Jefferson City, Mo., enrolled at Carolina in January, 2011, after two seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He originally thought he was finished with football after high school, and worked at a factory before enrolling at Coffeyville. He graduated from Carolina in December and was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer.
Williams started all 25 games during his two seasons in Chapel Hill. As a senior, he posted 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks to earn a spot on the Pro Football Weekly All-America team. He had a spectacular game on national television at Virginia (Thursday night game) with a career-high eight stops, two tackles for losses and a 10-yard sack to help lead the Tar Heels to a 37-13 victory.
A native of New Bern, N.C., Reddick was a four-year starter at UNC and posted 36 career tackles for losses, which ranks fifth in school history. In 2012, he had 85 total tackles and finished the regular season first in the ACC and 14th in the country in tackles for losses per game (1.54). His 18.5 tackles for losses ranks eighth in UNC single-season history.
The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
The 2013 Senior Bowl and its practices will be nationally-televised by NFL Network. The first nationally-televised Senior Bowl was in 1958 by NBC, and the contest has been on national television each year since then. The game will be played in Mobile's Ladd Peebles Stadium.