Senior Bowl Could Soon Include Juniors

New Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage thinks the time may be right to consider allowing some juniors to play in the annual all-star game, but only if they meet certain strict criteria.

Savage, who was hired last month and officially began his new duties on June 1, brought up the idea with NFL representatives last month and was told the league would consider it.

Under Savage’s idea, Senior bowl eligibility for players listed as juniors would be limited to those who meet four criteria: A player must declare early for the NFL draft, be graduated by December, be with a program for four years and have the blessing of his college coach.

“With redshirts and medical redshirts, that kind of blurs the line of who’s a senior and who’s not,” Savage said Monday. “They’re not a junior or a senior they’re graduated.

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