McKinley, McDermott to play in Reese’s Senior Bowl

Offensive lineman Conor McDermott and defensive end Takkarist McKinley accepted invitations to play in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Monday.

The pair of Bruins will participate in the showcase event on Jan. 28, 2017.

McKinley had a strong season in his final year at UCLA, finishing with a team-leading 18 tackles and 10 sacks. He had a season-high five tackles for loss against Utah, but was held without one for the final two games of the year.

McDermott started every game at left tackle for the Bruins this season, one of only two offensive linemen to make it through the entire year.

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Video: Jayon Brown, Conor McDermott

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about staying focused on the next game, stepping it up even more on defense and what surprises him about the UCLA running game.

Offensive lineman Conor McDermott talks about making changes on offense to get going, trying to stay confident with a 3-4 record and getting to block for his roommate Mike Fafaul.

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Video: Eddie Vanderdoes, Nate Iese, Conor McDermott

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about the dangers of the Washington State defense and staying focused at a critical time of the year.

Tight end Nate Iese talks about his confidence in Mike Fafaul and how he can make life a little easier for the back-up if Fafaul starts this week.

Offensive lineman Conor McDermott talks about trying to break through on offense and what he’s seen from Fafaul this week.

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Video: Darren Andrews, Jayon Brown, Conor McDermott

Receiver Darren Andrews talks about having fun on offense, being as consistent as possible and talking up Theo Howard before his touchdown.

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about facing Arizona State, his fellow linebacker Kenny Young and putting everything together for the Bruins on offense, defense and special teams.

Offensive lineman Conor McDermott talks about the running game, what Andre James bring to the offensive line, and McDermott’s on-going crusade to make Josh Rosen love country music.

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