Jonathan Brown to Play in Senior Bowl
Jan. 9, 2014
MOBILE, Ala. - University of Illinois senior linebacker Jonathan Brown has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala. The Senior Bowl annually features top NFL draft prospects showcasing their skills for NFL scouts and coaches.
Brown had a huge senior season for the Fighting Illini, leading the team, ranking second in the conference and 18th in the nation in tackles with 119. He also racked up 15.0 tackles for loss to rank fourth in the Big Ten and 29th nationally, and added 5.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble on the season.
For his career, Brown made 317 tackles including 45.5 TFLs, the third-most in school history, 14.0 sacks, nine pass breakups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions, including one pick-six. He was a three-time all-conference selection, earning second team honors from the media in 2013 and 2011, and honorable mention honors in 2012.
This year's Senior Bowl will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., at 3 p.m. CT and will be televised live by the NFL Network. Mike Smith and the Atlanta Falcons staff will coach the North team, while Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars staff will coach the South squad.
Last season two Illini, offensive lineman Hugh Thornton and defensive end Michael Buchanan, played in the Senior Bowl and both were selected in the NFL Draft. Thornton went in the third round to the Colts and Buchanan in the seventh round to the Patriots. The two will face off this weekend in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs (Saturday, 7:15 pm CT on CBS) in a game that features six former Illini players.