Hokie Trio to Participate in Senior Bowl
Tapp, Lewis and Humes playing on North squad
January 25, 2006

MOBILE, Ala. - A trio of Virginia Tech Hokies - defensive end Darryl Tapp, defensive lineman Jonathan Lewis and running back Cedric Humes - are among the 100 top senior NFL draft prospects who are participating in the 2006 Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Ala.

The Hokie stars are members of the Senior Bowl's North squad, which is being coached by Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and his staff.

The Senior Bowl players will have one practice session per day during the week - January 23-27 - capped off by the 57th annual Senior Bowl game on Saturday, Jan. 28. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m., and the contest will be nationally televised by ESPN. The contest is also a complete sellout in 40,646-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

ESPN and the NFL Network are also televising Senior Bowl practices this year with over 11 hours of coverage during the week. Remaining ESPN practice telecasts will air from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday through Friday of the week, while remaining NFL Network shows will air from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, as well as a 30-minute wrap-up show later that evening. All times are central.

The Senior Bowl is the nation's premier pre-draft showcase, annually featuring the top senior NFL draft prospects on teams coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and his staff is coaching the South squad in this year's game.

Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 700 NFL general managers, head coaches, scouts and other front office personnel each year.

In 2005, 10 Senior Bowlers were chosen in the first-round of the NFL Draft and 83 players were drafted overall. Ninety-five percent of last year's Senior Bowl players made active rosters in the NFL in 2005, including the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year - running back Cadillac Williams of Tampa Bay.

Over 560 former Senior Bowl players were on active rosters in the NFL in 2005. Twenty-six former Senior Bowlers were named to rosters for this year's NFL Pro Bowl game including the league's MVP, running back Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks, and Bears' linebacker Brian Urlacher, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

The Senior Bowl is also a non-profit, charity event that, together with its charitable partner Food World, distributed over $1.2 million to charities in 2005.