banner
Duke

Duke's Vernon, UNC's Williams accept invites to play in Senior Bowl

Posted January 2, 2013
Updated January 3, 2013

Duke’s Conner Vernon and North Carolina's Sylvester Williams accepted invitations Wednesday to play in the 64th annual Senior Bowl. The game is set for 4 p.m. (ET) on January 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be televised live by the NFL Network.

In 48 career games at Duke, Vernon caught 283 passes for 3,749 yards and 21 touchdowns and established ACC records for career pass receptions, career receiving yardage, most consecutive games with at least one pass reception (48), most seasons with 50-plus receptions (4) and most seasons with 70-plus receptions (3). On the NCAA’s career charts, he ranks 23rd for career catches and 24th for career receiving yards.

The Miami, Fla., native posted 85 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior captain in 2012 as the Blue Devils played in a bowl game for the first time since 1994. The 85 catches set a Duke single-season record and matched the fifth-highest single-season total in ACC history. 

Vernon will become the 21st player from Duke to play in the Senior Bowl and first Blue Devil since Chris Combs participated in the game following the 1999 season.

Williams is a two-year starter at defensive tackle for North Carolina. After virtually not playing football in high school and spending a year working in a parts factory, he willed his way to Coffeyville Community College and became a legitimate FBS recruit. He signed with the Tar Heels and has started 25 consecutive games for two different coaching staffs. 

The Jefferson City, Mo., native registered 42 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks and 6 hurries and was recently named 1st team All-ACC during the 2012 season. 

North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon accepted an invitation December 13 and will also play in the Senior Bowl.

5 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 3, 6:35 p.m.

    Congrats to all three players - it's quite an honor. Hope to see all playing on Sunday next... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    That was a great moment. Duke to UNC for the TD. Almost as funny as seeing Kyrie pass to Tyler... View More

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    So true! The guys on Sunday Night Football got a kick out of it - Dan Patrick was the one giving the commentary on the Lewis to Little TD, and then Little presenting Lewis with the ball. He even pointed out a "Duke to Carolina" pass and then a Carolina guy giving a Duke guy the ball. If the former rivals can "play nice", we should as well.

    Speaking of Kyrie, he seems to be living up to all the hype - he's really very talented.

  • 903 mens national championships Jan 3, 11:46 a.m.

    Congrats to all three players - it's quite an honor. Hope to see all playing on Sunday next... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    That was a great moment. Duke to UNC for the TD. Almost as funny as seeing Kyrie pass to Tyler Zeller in highlights or seeing Grant Hill and Vince Carter highlights when they both played for the Suns.

  • wjuliang Jan 3, 11:28 a.m.

    Congrats to all three players - it's quite an honor. Hope to see all playing on Sunday next... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Maybe GL has grown-up a little.

    Congrats to Vernon and Williams. Great kids.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 3, 6:59 a.m.

    Congrats to all three players - it's quite an honor. Hope to see all playing on Sunday next year. Saw the highlight of last Sunday's game where Thad Lewis threw to Greg Little for a TD, and Little gave the ball to Lewis so he could keep his first NFL TD football.

  • Rameses Unchained Jan 2, 6:03 p.m.

    I hope both have great success at the next level. I think both have quite a bit to contribute.

  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Miami

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego vs. Miami

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida vs. Georgia

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Duke at Pittsburgh

    Today at 12:00 pm on 620am

  • Big Ten: Maryland at Penn State

    Today at 12:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Syracuse

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes vs Arizona Coyotes

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
12:00pm Today
PITT
DUKE
12:00pm Today
TEMPL
ECU
12:30pm Today
MIAMI
UNC
3:00pm Today
SYR
NCSU
4:00pm Today
BCOOK
NCCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
MEM
 
Final
IND 89
MEM 97
Final
CHI 108
CLE 114
Final
MIL 93
PHI 81
Final
SAC 103
POR 94
Final
PHO 94
SAN 89
Final
LAL 111
LAC 118
7:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
MEM
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
MIA
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
MIL
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
BRK
 
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
BOS
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DEN
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
PHO
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAL
 
Final
TULA 14
CIN 38
Final
MEM 40
TULSA 20
11:30am Today
ARMY
AFA
12:00pm Today
PITT
DUKE
12:00pm Today
TEMPL
ECU
12:00pm Today
PSU
MD
12:00pm Today
IOWA
NW
12:00pm Today
ISU
OKLA
12:00pm Today
FIU
RICE
12:00pm Today
UCONN
UCF
12:00pm Today
TEXAM
LAMON
12:00pm Today
RUTG
WISC
12:30pm Today
VT
BC
12:30pm Today
MIAMI
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
CMICH
1:00pm Today
COL
WASH
2:30pm Today
UMO
WMICH
3:00pm Today
SYR
NCSU
3:00pm Today
LATU
WKENT
3:30pm Today
MTST
BYU
3:30pm Today
UGA
UF
3:30pm Today
APPST
GASTATE
3:30pm Today
MICH
IND
3:30pm Today
NEB
PURD
3:30pm Today
WVU
TCU
3:30pm Today
GT
UVA
4:00pm Today
SFLA
HOU
4:00pm Today
BAY
KU
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
KENT
4:00pm Today
NMST
TXST
4:30pm Today
WASU
USC
5:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
ARKST
5:00pm Tonight
LALAF
SALABAMA
5:30pm Tonight
UNLV
NMU
7:00pm Tonight
MISS
AUB
7:00pm Tonight
SJST
COLST
7:00pm Tonight
VANDY
ODU
7:00pm Tonight
FATL
UAB
7:15pm Tonight
MSST
ARK
7:30pm Tonight
OREG
STAN
7:30pm Tonight
SCAR
TENN
7:30pm Tonight
TTU
TEX
8:00pm Tonight
OSU
ILL
8:00pm Tonight
NAVY
ND
8:00pm Tonight
KST
OKST
8:00pm Tonight
UTEP
SMISS
10:30pm Tonight
UCLA
ARZ
10:30pm Tonight
ORST
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
NEV
SDST
10:45pm Tonight
FRES
WYO
11:00pm Tonight
HAW
UTST
11:00pm Tonight
ARST
UTAH
Final
CLB 1
TOR 4
Final
DET 5
LOS 2
Final
DAL 1
ANA 2
Final
CAL 4
NAS 3
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
OTT
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLA
PHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
WAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
WIN
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
COL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
DAL
 
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
VAN
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
NYI
 
4:00pm Today
BCOOK
NCCU