Jan. 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2012 Senior Bowl. The game, which features the country's best senior collegiate football players, is set for 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. NFL Network will televise the game and all practices.
Lindley is one of three quarterbacks on the South roster along with Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Arizona's Nick Foles. Mike Shanahan and the Redskins' staff will coach the trio. This is the second consecutive year that a player from SDSU has participated in the Senior Bowl, as current Chargers wideout Vincent Brown competed in last season's game. Lindley is the fourth quarterback in Aztec school history to play in the contest and the first since Dan McGwire in 1990.
Lindley threw for 3,153 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, capping off his year with 413 yards passing and three touchdowns in the New Orleans Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal-caller finished the year ranked second in the Mountain West in passing yards per game (242.5) and third in completions per game (18.23) and total offense (238.62 ypg.).
"I'm extremely excited about it," said Lindley about receiving the Senior Bowl invite. "It's without a doubt an honor. If you look in the past who's been invited, especially the quarterbacks that have been through there, it's a big deal and I'm really excited to be a part of the game."
Lindley leaves San Diego State as the Aztecs' all-time career leader in several different offensive categories, including passing yards (12,690), touchdowns (90), total offense (12,415), completions (961) and quarterback starts (49). He is also the Mountain West's career passing leader and ranks in the top five among NCAA active career leaders in yards, attempts (1,732), completions and touchdowns.
The Senior Bowl, which started in 1950, annually features the country's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South. According to bowl officials, over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams also attend the week-long practices and game.