With the Senior Bowl only a week away Executive Director Jim Nagy and staff have been announcing the coaching staffs and position groups that will participate in the 74th annual college football …
With the Senior Bowl only a week away Executive Director Jim Nagy and staff have been announcing the coaching staffs and position groups that will participate in the 74th annual college football senior all-star game at the University of South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium.
Last week, the head coaches and coordinators were released and since then, position coaches and the teams have been trickling out as Feb. 4’s kickoff nears.
This year marks the first time in the Senior Bowl’s rich history that two full staffs from NFL clubs will not be coaching the game.
Under a new arrangement to promote professional development, NFL Football Operations has implemented a “coach up” format where coordinators and assistant coaches are placed into elevated or different roles from the ones they currently hold with their respective clubs.
In total, at least one coach from all 16 teams that submitted nominations were chosen and six clubs had multiple coaches appointed to this year’s American and National rosters (New Orleans Saints 4, Washington Commanders 4, Chicago Bears 4, Las Vegas Raiders 3, Cleveland Browns 2, and Pittsburgh Steelers 2).
The head coaches will be Luke Getsy, offensive coordinator from the Bears for the American Team, and Patrick Graham, defensive coordinator from the Raiders for the National Team.
The American Team’s coordinators include Charles London from the Atlanta Falcons on offense and DeMarcus Covington from the New England Patriots on defense. Covington is from Birmingham, a John Carroll Catholic alum and played collegiately at Samford.
For the National Team, Ronald Curry from the Saints will serve as offensive coordinator and the Steelers’ Grady Brown will be the defensive coordinator.
Below are the positional coaches alongside some of the prospects from Alabamian colleges they’ll coach.
Running Backs: Pat Bastien – Jets
Wide Receivers: Brian Bratton – Colts
Tight Ends: Declan Doyle – Saints; Alabama’s Cameron Latu
Offensive Line: Ryan Mahaffey – Packers; Alabama’s Emil Ekiyor Jr.
Assistant Offensive Line: Quinshon Odom – Packers; Alabama’s Tyler Steen
Running Backs: Jennifer King – Commanders
Wide Receivers: Ashton Grant – Browns
Tight ends: Zack Grossi – Broncos
Offensive Line: Travelle Wharton – Commanders; Troy’s Jake Andrews
Other Senior Bowl commitments from Alabama schools
Alabama – Byron Young, DL
South Alabama – Jalen Wayne, WR