Florida & Georgia well represented at Senior Bowl

Ole Miss OLB Marquis Haynes, a former standout at Jacksonville's University Christian School, pursues Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts during a Sept. 17, 2016, game in Oxford, Miss. (Kevin Cox, Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida and Georgia will be well represented when the Reese’s Senior Bowl kicks off this weekend in Mobile, Alabama.

The annual exhibition game brings together some of the best seniors in college football every year as a showcase of sorts before the NFL Draft.

So it’s no surprise that of the 100-plus players selected for the all-star game, 18 of them played their prep or college ball at schools throughout Florida and Georgia. Most will be playing for the South Team on Saturday.

Notably, the list of players with ties to the Sunshine and Peach states includes Ole Miss linebacker Marquis Haynes, who led Jacksonville's University Christian School to a Florida 2A state title as a senior in 2012.

We’ve included the complete list below:

Senior Bowl – South Team

  • Tre’Quan Smith, WR, Central Florida
  • Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida
  • Chandon Sullivan, DC, Georgia State
  • Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
  • Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida
  • Marquis Haynes, OLB, Ole Miss (University Christian)
  • Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia (Fort Myers High)
  • Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky (University School in Fort Lauderdale)
  • Jeremy Reaves, S, South Alabama (Pensacola Catholic)
  • Tray Matthews, S, Auburn (Newnan, Ga. High)
  • Ike Powell, LS, Auburn (Tifton, Ga. High)
  • Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State (North Forsyth High, Cumming, Ga.)
  • Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State (Tampa's Robinson High)

Senior Bowl – North Team

  • Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami
  • Michael Badgley, PK, Miami
  • Johnny Townsend, PT, Florida
  • Duke Dawson, DC, Florida
  • Justin Jones, DT, NC State (South Cobb High, Cobb County, Ga.)

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