UCLA’s Anthony Jefferson joins Senior Bowl, Eric Kendricks out

UCLA defensive back Anthony Jefferson stands over Oregon receiver Keanon Lowe after making a tackle at the Rose Bowl during the Bruins' 42-30 loss on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA defensive back Anthony Jefferson stands over Oregon receiver Keanon Lowe after making a tackle at the Rose Bowl during the Bruins’ 42-30 loss on Oct. 11, 2014.
(Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Quarterback Brett Hundley declined an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but another UCLA player became a late add to the all-star roster: defensive back Anthony Jefferson.

Spending time at both corner and safety, Jefferson made 72 tackles and eight pass breakups this season, ranking third and first for the Bruins, respectively. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound defensive back was one of six UCLA players to make the All-Pac-12 second-team defense.

UCLA’s only other Senior Bowl participant will be defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa. The game is scheduled to kick off on Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. PT. Played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., it will be aired on the NFL Network.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks, who won the Butkus Award and became UCLA’s all-time leading tackler this season, is no longer on the all-star roster — reportedly pulling out due to a hamstring injury. It’s a bit of a blow for Kendricks, who doesn’t have outstanding measurables but has always looked impressive in games due to his instincts and playmaking ability. The Senior Bowl would have been an ideal opportunity for him to boost his NFL draft stock.

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  • jameskatt

    I am not sure a single game is going to improve Kendricks’ NFL draft stock. Particularly since the team is just cobbled with players who haven’t played together before. Like any All-Star game, players are going to want to avoid injury since this risks their chance in the NFL. I think Kendricks’ body of work says more about him than this game.

    • Ted

      except these games are not all-star games, they are draft showcases. these players are trying to improve their value and will play their tails off, not just in the actual game, but in the practices. mini combine.