Former University of Wyoming football players Robert Herron and Marqueston Huff will participate in today’s Reese’s Senior Bowl all-star game in Mobile, Ala.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m., and the game will be televised by the NFL Network.
Herron, a wide receiver, and Huff, a defensive back, are the first UW players since 2006 to play in the game. Both will play for the North team.
“I’m trying to take everything in from the NFL level,” Herron said during a phone interview Friday. “Nothing has caught me by surprise. The practices have been pretty intense, but not too bad.
“I’ve been told that I am doing good with things like separation on routes and my ability to get off press coverage.”
Herron was named the “Receiver of the Day” on Monday and has received high praise from NFL Draft analysts who have covered the practices this week.
“(Herron) doesn’t have good size at 5-foot-8 7/8, 193 pounds, but he ran terrific routes and had a great day,” wrote Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com. “He toasted a cornerback on a stop-and-go route, came back for a ball nicely and made a catch on a pass that should have been knocked down and beat a cornerback on a deep post.”
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst, said Herron is a possible top 100 pick in this year’s draft, which is May 8-10 in New York City.
Huff has had his ups and downs, but the ups have been impressive.
“Huff blanketed receivers, showcasing the light feet, fluid hips and straight-line speed to turn with the North’s variety of receivers,” wrote Rob Rang of CBSSports.com and The Sports Xchange, who included Herron in that group of receivers Huff was trying to defend.
Huff has practiced as a cornerback this week, a position he played his first three years at UW before being moved to safety last season as a senior.
Herron said he and Huff have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis.
After the game, Herron will return to Arizona, where he is training for the NFL Draft. Huff, who graduated from UW in December, is training in Dallas.
REESE’S SENIOR BOWL
When: 2 p.m. today
Where: Mobile, Ala.
TV: NFL Network