(UW Athletics release)
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wyoming fans will have the opportunity to see former Cowboy defensive end Carl Granderson compete against some of the nation’s top seniors Saturday when he plays in the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
The game will kick off at 12:30 p.m., M.T., form Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will be televised on the NFL Network.
The Sacramento, Calif., native will play on the South Team, which will be coached by the staff of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers led by head coach Kyle Shanahan. Granderson will be joined on the South Team by two former Mountain West tight ends: Josh Oliver of San Jose State and Dax Raymond of Utah State. Granderson, Oliver and Raymond were the only three Mountain West seniors selected to play in the game this year.
The North Team will be coached by the staff of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders led by head coach Jon Gruden.
Granderson concluded his Wyoming career earning Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior after being named to the First Team as a junior in 2017.
He was also named to the 2018 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List.
At the conclusion of his career, Granderson had recorded 35.5 career tackles for loss to rank No. 3 in Wyoming school history. He also had 17.5 career sacks as a Cowboy, which ranked him only 1.5 sacks away from the Wyoming career Top 10. Granderson had a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown versus Hawai’i in 2018. He recorded a season-best 10 tackles in a 35-27 home win over Air Force during the 2018 season, and in the regular-season finale at New Mexico he recorded five tackles, including a season-high 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack.
Granderson was a key member of Wyoming’s 2018 squad that posted a 6-6 record, earning bowl eligibility for the Wyoming Football program for the third consecutive season.
He helped the Cowboys achieve an 8-5 record in 2017 and earn a victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, where he returned a fumble recovery 58 yards for a touchdown to cap off a 37-14 win over Central Michigan. Granderson was named to the 2017 Associated Press All-Bowl Team.
He will be the 27th Cowboy to play in the Senior Bowl. Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom was the first Wyoming Cowboy to play in the Senior Bowl back in 1951. The most recent Cowboy to play in the Senior Bowl was quarterback Josh Allen, who played in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Granderson will also participate in the 2019 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The 21st edition of the All-Star Football Challenge will air on ESPN2 at 7 p.m., M.T., on Friday, Feb. 1.
The skills competition will feature 24 of college football’s brightest stars divided into six teams based on their college conference. Each team will consist of four players from the same conference that will compete for conference supremacy in a series of skills competitions.
Conferences represented are the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12, the SEC, and four of the best players outside of the Power Five that will be called the “Wild Card” team.