Derek Hagan Accepts Invitation To Senior Bowl

Sept. 16, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior student-athlete Derek Hagan has received and accepted an invitation to play in the 2005 Senior Bowl on January 28, 2006, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will be televised live on ESPN. The Senior Bowl annually features the country's best senior collegiate football athletes and top NFL draft prospects.

Hagan has already been named to the Biletnikoff Award watchlist, as well as being honored as a preseason All-America selection by Sports Illustrated, Playboy, CBS Sportsline, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, and College Football News. In last week's game against LSU, Hagan became the school's record holder for career receptions with 189, passing College Football Hall of Fame member John Jefferson. The only Sun Devil in school history to post back-to-back seasons with over 1000 yards receiving (2003 and 2004), Hagan is also poised to set the career records for receiving yards and touchdowns, after catching 83 passes for 1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 2004 Vitalis Sun Bowl Champions.

The Senior Bowl rosters are split among two teams, representing the North and South, and are led by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 700 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.

The Sun Devils have had 44 players appear in the Senior Bowl game since 1962, including NFL standouts such as Danny White, Mark Malone, Jake Plummer, Randall McDaniel, Adam Archuleta and Andrew Walter. Sun Devils have twice won the game's MVP honors, as Mark Malone captained the team and won the award in 1979 and J.D. Hill was named the game's MVP in 1970.