|Iupati headed to Senior Bowl|
Under Armour Senior Bowl Lands Iupati
Idaho guard Mike Iupati to represent Vandals in 2010 game
Mobile, AL. (Jan. 10)---The North squad's offensive line in this month's Under Armour Senior Bowl just got a whole lot bigger. University of Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati, who stands 6-6 and weighs 325 pounds, has officially accepted an invitation to the senior showcase event, officials announced today. The 2010 game is scheduled for January 30th at 3 pm (CT) in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised live by the NFL Network.
Iupati (pronounced ee-YOU-PAH-tee) earned consensus All-American honors this season after being named to the first team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He was also named to the Sporting News' second team All American squad.
An Outland Trophy finalist and first team All-WAC selection, Iupati helped the Vandals claim just the second bowl victory in program history-a 43-42 win over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. He didn't allow a single sack all season and graded out at 90 percent or better in all 13 games.
"Mike's performance this season has established himself as potentially the best offensive guard in the upcoming NFL draft," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "Anyone who watched him play this year knows that he was clearly a difference maker for the Vandals."
Iupati is the 11th player in Idaho school history to play in the Senior Bowl and first since the 2000 game.
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