A pair of University of Iowa football players have been invited to the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Tight end Henry Krieger Coble and center Austin Blythe will play in the game Saturday, January 30, in Mobile, Alabama.
The all-star game will be televised on the NFL Network, with kick set for 1:30 p.m. (CT). Blythe is 6-3, 290-pound native of Williamsburg who started all 14 games in 2015. Blythe started the final 45 games and had 49 career starts in 50 games played.
Blythe was one of three finalists for the 2015 Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I college football. He was also named third-team All-America by The Associated Press. He was a team captain for all 14 games.
The Hawkeye offense averaged 30.9 points per game, 181.7 rushing yards, and 204.4 passing yards per game with Blythe leading the line. Iowa scored over 30 points in five straight Big Ten games for the first time ever, and the Hawkeyes ranked among the national leaders in time of possession.
Krieger Coble is a 6-4, 250 pound a native of Mount Pleasant. He enjoyed the best season of his career as a senior with 35 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown.
He ranked second on the team in receptions and third in yardage. Krieger Coble started 12 of 14 games this past season, including the final nine games of the year. His career totals include 42 receptions for 465 yards and four touchdowns.
This marks the fifth straight year the Hawkeyes have been represented by more than one player in the Senior Bowl. Defensive tackles Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat played last year, with Davis being recognized with the Most Outstanding Practice Player of the Week Award. Iowa football has been represented in the Senior Bowl every season since 2002.
Senior defensive back Jordan Lomax will participate in the East-West Shrine game.