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.