Two Northeast Conference offensive linemen have a prime opportunity to display their abilities in front of NFL scouts.
Duquesne OG Ben Huss and Wagner OT Greg Senat have received invitations to major all-star games and have subsequently accepted.
Huss is headed to Southern California to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the important week of practices leading up to the game.
Huss’ selection means the NEC will have representation in this particular game for the second year in a row. Former Saint Francis U safety Lorenzo Jerome made two interceptions en-route to securing the MVP award at the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which was played at the StubHub Center.
This year’s game will be played on January 20 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, giving Huss the chance to compete at one of the most-storied venues in the history of football. The Keystone State product will wear No. 66 while competing for the National Team. The game kicks off at 4:00 pm ET on FS1.
Huss, a two-time All-American, made 44 starts on the Dukes’ line with most of his work coming at right guard. The team captain anchored a unit that paved way for league-leading 32.2 points per game and NEC-best 6.1 yards per play while helping RB AJ Hines to his second straight 1,000-yard rushing campaign.
Meanwhile, Senat received invitations to the NFLPA Bowl and the East West Shrine Game and has elected to participate in the latter. He will compete for the West and wear jersey No. 72.
Senat, a 6-foot-7 tackle, has taken an unconventional path to becoming the NEC’s first-ever Shrine Game participant. He came to Wagner as a men’s basketball recruit and proceeded to make 104 appearances on the hardwood for the Green & White. During the late winter months of 2016, the former high school tight end approached the football coaching staff and worked his way into the starting right tackle position by summertime.
Twenty-two starts later, Senat has pro scouts salivating over his size and athleticism.
As his meteoric rise continues, numerous reports have indicated that Senat has had a good week of practice heading into Saturday’s Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
— Shrine Game (@Shrine_Game) December 16, 2017
Wagner OT Greg Senat just flipped from NFLPA to Shrine Game. Big get for Shrine. If he does well he could end up in 5-6 range. He should be a late round pick just off his upside alone. Shrine needs to jump on the rest I mentioned.
— Josh (@Joshnfldraft) December 10, 2017
Joe Ostman vs. Greg Senat pic.twitter.com/LzGYypOVNd
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 16, 2018
I’m starting to look over the Shrine Game rosters. This one sticks out: Greg Senat, OT, Wagner – 6’8, 290-pound two-year starter at OT and former basketball player.
— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) January 9, 2018
Official weigh-in results from the 2018 East / West Shrine Game https://t.co/Co7phRfQ8b
— Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) January 17, 2018
— The Collegiate Bowl (@NFLPABowl) December 22, 2017
Small School 2018 G/C Rankings
1. Skyler Phillips Idaho St
2. Austin Kuhnert NDSU
3. Tyshon Mosley Portland St
4. Jacob Ohnesorge SoDak St
5. Justin Lea JSU
6. Ben Huss Duquesne
7. Jake Krause Bemidji St
8. Ian Park Slippery Rock
9. Justin Evans SCSU
10. Oscar Ghasab Shipp.
— Jason Engstrom (@Jason_Podyum) January 3, 2018
Jacksonville State OT Justin Lea came in undersized at 6030, 285 pounds. I was hoping he would weigh over 300. He would likely move to guard. Duquesne OG Ben Huss came in at 6006, 306 pounds.
— Josh (@Joshnfldraft) January 16, 2018
Good luck to #DuqFB OL Ben Huss in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday!
— Duquesne Football (@DuqFB) January 17, 2018