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Here's the release:
MOBILE, Ala (Jan. 14) – Alabama’s D.J. Fluker and Syracuse’s Justin Pugh, with their degrees in hand, received clearance from the National Football League to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on January 26, in Mobile.
They two offensive linemen become the first non-seniors to come to the Senior Bowl in its 64-year history. Both have declared for the NFL Draft with one year of eligibility remaining. However, because they earned their degrees and had been in school four years, the Senior Bowl approached the NFL about their eligibility, and they were cleared for this year’s game.
Fluker was a second-team All-American in 2012 and a first-team All-SEC performer, holding down the right side of Alabama’s dominant offensive line. He will be joined by five former Alabama teammates in Mobile: center Barrett Jones, safety Robert Lester, linebacker Nico Johnson, tight end Michael Williams and long snapper Carson Tinker.
"For DJ to be a part of the Senior Bowl as a 4th year junior graduate is a significant honor to he and his family,” said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “He not only had a great career at Alabama, but he also took care of business in the classroom and received his degree in December. With tremendous pride, Mobile will welcome him home.”
Pugh started every game he played at Syracuse and was an All-Big East selection the past two seasons. He’ll play with his former quarterback, Ryan Nassib, on the North squad.
“It is an honor to bring Justin to the Senior Bowl as a 4th year junior graduate,” Savage said, “He has excelled on the field as well as in the classroom, so he is deserving of being here and will have an opportunity to really elevate his stock for the upcoming NFL Draft."
Both Fluker and Pugh are potential first-round picks in April’s NFL Draft.
Tickets for the 2013 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), all area Food For Less locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432- 4109.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Yes, but DJ won't get to actually play, due to injury.
Then why apply?
You sure you don't mean Barret?
DJ has a calf injury I believe.
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