Football: Avery to take field in annual Senior Bowl
UH senior wide receiver Donnie Avery will look to have a big impact in the Under Armour Senior Bowl at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Avery is one of five Conference-USA players who will play in the 59th annual game. The game features two teams, the North and South, which consist of seniors from all over the country. Each team is coached by an NFL coach during the week’s practices and during the game. San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will coach Avery and the South squad.
Avery, who has 1,456 receiving yards going into Saturday’s game, will look to impress fans, NFL coaches and scouts on Saturday’s game and improve on his last performance, on national television, Houston’s Texas Bowl loss. In the loss, Avery had 120 receiving yards, but could not lead the Cougars to a win.
Besides getting their share of game time on Saturday, the players will also participate in events to raise money for charities in the area and the players will visit University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital Friday.
According to the Senior Bowl’s Web site, the hospital was renovated last year as the result of funds generated from the 2007 Senior Bowl. Fifteen other charities also received proceeds from last year’s events.