This time of year, it’s not uncommon for SEC players to make news for receiving invitations to postseason all-star games. It’s a lot less common to hear about players being un-invited, though.
Wednesday, the Reese’s Senior Bowl announced that Carl Lawson had accepted his invitation to play in the game. That acceptance was contingent on Lawson’s status as a December graduate since he’s technically only a junior. After the acceptance, the Senior Bowl learned that Lawson will be graduating in May instead, so he is not eligible to play in the game, according to a statement from the bowl’s executive director Phil Savage.
— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) January 12, 2017
Lawson struggled with injuries for much of his Auburn career but put together an impressive 2016 with 9 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 24 quarterback hurries. Many scouts have Lawson projected as a first-round pick.
Auburn still has three players that have accepted Senior Bowl invites, with Alex Kozan, Montravious Adams and Rudy Ford all scheduled to participate.