Jan. 27, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fresh off the East-West Shrine Game, Purdue defensive tackle Mike Neal now will play in the Senior Bowl.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by the NFL Network.
The 6-foot-4, 302-pound Neal, from Merrillville, Ind., will play for the North Team. Neal was named honorable mention All-Big Ten this season after recording 35 tackles (20 solo, 15 assists), including 11.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks. He recovered two fumbles and forced one.
In last Saturday's Shrine Game, Neal recorded two tackles for the East Team, which won 13-10 when Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless with six seconds remaining.
The Senior Bowl dates to 1950, when the inaugural game was played in Jacksonville, Fla. Purdue has had at least one player participate for four straight years. Neal follows Alex Magee and Kory Sheets (2009), Cliff Avril and Dorien Bryant (2008), and Anthony Spencer (2007).
The North team will be coached by Jim Schwartz, who recently completed his first season as head coach of the Detroit Lions.