(January 15, 2014) Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon and guard Cyril Richardson were named to the north roster on Wednesday for the 65th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The Senior Bowl will be televised live nationally on the NFL Network at 3 p.m. CST. Baylor’s twosome will be joined by more than 100 of the nation’s top senior collegiate players for the country’s top pre-draft all-star game.
Dixon and Richardson will become the 50th and 51st student-athletes to represent Baylor in the Senior Bowl. Former Bear Terrance Williams, who was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, played in last year’s Senior Bowl.
In Art Briles’ six seasons in Waco, Baylor has produced 13 players, who have been Senior Bowl invitees. That total is one better than the five players that the Bears had in the game in the first 11 years of Big 12 play.
Each team at the Senior Bowl will be coached by the entire coaching staff of a National Football League team. Practices in the week leading up to the game will be attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams, and each of the practices will be televised on NFL Network.
Richardson was a unanimous All-American who anchored the offensive line for America’s best offense. He blocked as the Bears led the nation in scoring (52.4) and total offense (618.8). Richardson has also tallied a team-leading 89 knockdowns on the year. The Fort Worth, Texas, native was an Outland Trophy finalist and won the Jim Parker Award as the nation’s top offensive lineman.
Dixon, a Waco product, was the leader for a Baylor defense that made big strides in 2013. Dixon ranked 17th in the league in tackles per game (6.2), while intercepting one pass and forcing one fumble. With Dixon at safety, BU ranked 28th in total defense (360.3) and 36th in the country in scoring defense (23.5). He garnered All-American status from five publications, including a first-team selection by The Sporting News.
Senior receiver Tevin Reese also received an invitation to participate in the game, but due to injury, he will not play.
All three players helped Baylor (11-2, 8-1 Big 12) win the most games in school history and claim the program’s first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth.