Georgia Southern's Wilcox to play in Senior Bowl

Georgia Southern senior safety J.J. Wilcox was invited Monday to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.

Wilcox is the second player in program history to earn an invitation to the college football all-star game, following Adrian Peterson in 2002.

"It's a great showcase to be able to show off Georgia Southern to the nation," Wilcox said. "It's a blessing. I was in the right spot at the right time. The coaches put me in a great position, and it's a blessing and a privilege just to be able to play."

After spending three years on the offensive side of the ball, where he accumulated 964 career rushing yards, Wilcox moved to safety this season and became an All-Southern Conference first-team selection. The Cairo, Ga., native is second on the team with 79 tackles and has returned 27 kicks for 711 yards.

The Senior Bowl, to be attended by over 800 general managers, scouts, coaches and other NFL figures, features some of the best football players from all college divisions and the top NFL draft prospects from the North and South.

The Senior Bowl, which began in 1950, will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is 4 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.