MOBILE, Ala. – Two members of the Tennessee State football team have been named to the 2017-18 Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List. Wide receiver Patrick Smith and defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko have been pinned as players to follow through the upcoming season.
Smith and Ogundeko are one of 31 FCS players who are represented on the watch list and two of five players from the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Senior Bowl's 2017 Watch List includes more than 400 student athletes who are eligible to play in the 2017 game from nearly every level of college football. These players are looking to fill the 110 roster spots that form the North and South squads for the nation's premier all-star game. A player not on the initial list can be added to the watch list during the season and be invited to the 2017 game.
The duo has been named to numerous All-American teams over the past month, including Smith being named OVC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Ogundeko named to the Buck Buchanan Watch List.
Smith led the team in receptions (61), yards (966) and touchdowns (13) while starting all 11 games at wide receiver. His junior season was one for the record books as he tied for second most touchdowns, was seventh best in receptions and ninth best in yardage in TSU history.
Ogundeko started the first four games of 2016 before an injury hampered his playing time. He finished with eight games played at defensive end and still managed to finish fifth on the team in tackles (48), while leading in tackles for loss (11.0), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (5) and fumble recoveries (2) in limited time.
The two seniors hope to join Jessamen Dunker (2016), Ezra Robinson (2016), Kadeem Edwards (2014) and Robert Myers (2015) who have all represented the Tigers in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. and will be televised on the NFL Network.