Furman All-America cornerback Ryan Steed has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 28 at Mobile, Alabama’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium, it has been confirmed.
Kickoff for the NFL Network televised game is set for 4:00 p.m. EST.
Steed, who was recently named to the AFCA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Team, is the third Furman Paladin to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl and first since running back Stanford Jennings (1984). Furman quarterback Billy Canty (1962) was the first Paladin to play in the annual collegiate senior showcase since its inception in 1950.
Steed totaled 46 tackles, four interceptions, and four pass deflections in a 2011 campaign that also featured a 48-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Elon. The Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native (Pinewood Prep) and three-time All-SoCon selection finished his Paladin tenure with 180 tackles and tallied 38 passes defensed and 14 interceptions, the third and fourth best marks, respectively, in Paladin football history. He returned three pickoffs for touchdowns, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles, recorded a sack, and blocked three kicks in his career.
The Senior Bowl is football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams.
Last year all 107 Senior Bowl participants signed with NFL teams, and 83 players from the 2011 game were selected in the NFL Draft, including 12 first round picks.