According to a report, Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy will be heading to Mobile, Ala., at the end of January to participate in the Senior Bowl.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said via Twitter:
Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy tells me he’s accepted a Senior Bowl invite.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 18, 2013
Murphy, a 6-foot-6, 261-pound senior from Mesa, Ariz., was an All-Pac-12 first team selection this year and ranked first in the nation with 1.1 sacks per game. He was a second-team AP All-America selection and was a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik awards. In 13 games this season, Murphy has 14 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss among his 58 tackles. He also has an interception, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
ESPN.com has Murphy ranked third among outside linebacker prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft, behind only UCLA’s Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack of Buffalo.
Murphy’s teammate, fullback Ryan Hewitt, has already accepted an invitation to the Jan. 25 game. Hewitt, a 6-foot-4, 246-pound senior from Denver, had eight receptions for 35 yards and four carries for eight yards in 12 games this season. He is third among fullback prospects according to ESPN.com, behind Trey Millard of Oklahoma and Auburn’s Jay Prosch.
The other area athlete to already accept a Senior Bowl invitation is quarterback David Fales of San Jose State.
Fales, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior from Salinas, completed 64.1 percent of his passes for the Spartans this season, throwing for 4,189 yards and 33 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. ESPN.com ranks Fales 14th among quarterbacks. Its top five prospects are Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Blake Bortles (UCF), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Zach Mettenberger (LSU) and Brett Hundley (UCLA).