Mobile, AL. (Jan. 10)— The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl will feature some of the nation’s top specialists, including two from the SEC.LSU kicker Josh Jasper, Florida punter Chas Henry, Nebraska punter Alex Henery and UCLA kicker Kai Forbath have all accepted invitations to the senior showcase event, it was announced today.Jasper and Henry will play for the South while Henery and Forbath will suit up for the North.The 2011 game is scheduled for 3pm (CT) on Saturday, January 29th in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.The game and all practices will be televised live by NFL Network.
“This is an outstanding group of punters and kickers and we really feel good about bringing them to Mobile to showcase their skills,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said.“This group has such great versatility with Jasper, Henry and Henery having performed both punting and kicking duties for their respective squads, and I really think that will benefit those guys here later this month.”
Jasper was a first team All-America (FWAA, Sporting News) and a first team All-SEC selection (Associated Press) in 2010.He finished the season having connected on 28-of-34 field goals and 36-of-37 extra points.His 28 made field goals are a new LSU single-season record.The Memphis, Tennessee native also set a school record for field goals made in a single game this season when he booted five against Mississippi State.He capped off his record-breaking career at LSU with a Cotton Bowl record-tying 50-yard field goal in last week’s victory over Texas A&M and drilled a career-best 53-yarder against Louisiana-Monroe earlier in the year.
Jasper leaves LSU as one of the most prolific and efficient kickers in school history, ranking fourth all-time with 47 field goals made (47-of-56).He is also LSU’s all-time leader in career field goal percentage (.839), which ranks second in SEC history.He was 5-of-6 from beyond 50 yards and 75-of-76 in PATs over the course of his career.
Forbath followed up his sensational junior campaign with another solid year in 2010.The 2009 Lou Groza award winner (nation’s top kicker) has a school-record ten kicks from 50 or more yards.He also set an NCAA record by kicking two or more field goals in a game 31 times and booted three or more in 12 games.Forbath was 13-of-18 on field goals this season and a perfect 27-of-27 on extra points.
The four-year starter finished his career tied for the Pac-10 lead with 85 made field goals (85-of-101), two shy of the NCAA record.His career field goal percentage of .842 is the second-best in UCLA history and he leaves school ranked second in career scoring with 357 points.
Henry, who was previously announced to the South roster along with three other Florida players, claimed the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter) this year.He was a consensus first team All-America selection (Walter Camp, the Associated Press and Sporting News) and finished the regular season this year tied for the national lead with a 46.4 yards per punt average.
A first team All-SEC selection by the coaches and AP in 2010, Henry booted two of the ten longest punts in school history this year with a 75-yarder against Alabama and a 67-yarder against Mississippi State.He also filled in admirably as a place kicker this year, going 7-for-11 and nailing a career long 47-yard attempt in the Outback Bowl.Henry finished his career with an average of 43.0 yards per punt.
Henery handled the kicking and punting duties for the Cornhuskers this season, but will come to Mobile as a punter.He will compete for kickoff duties as well. A first team AP All-American as a kicker and second team All-Big-12 selection as a punter, Henery averaged 43.23 yards per punt this season.He placed 26 punts inside the 20-yard line and had 17 travel at least 50 yards.
The Omaha, Nebraska native ranks fourth on the school’s all-time list with a career punting average of 42.18.He has a career-long punt of 76 yards, which came his junior year against Virginia Tech.Henery holds several school and NCAA records as a place kicker, including career field goal percentage (.895) and most career games with four or more field goals (6).
In addition to the punters and kickers, Under Armour Senior Bowl officials also named two long snappers to the rosters today.Virginia’s Danny Aiken will snap for the South, while Christian Yount, Forbath’s battery-mate at UCLA, will handle the snapping duties for the North.
Tickets for the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), the Bel Air Mall customer service desk, all area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.