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Cal Poly’s Jackson accepts Senior Bowl invitation

Asa Jackson, the Cal Poly senior cornerback who has earned numerous All-American and All-Great West Conference honors, will participate in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

He accepted the invitation Monday, joining the best seniors in the country in what is considered the premier opportunity to showcase their worth before the upcoming NFL Draft.

The annual game will be held at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the same location where Jackson, who is 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, ended his college football career with seven tackles and one pass breakup in Cal Poly’s 41-10 win over South Alabama on Nov. 19 of last year. He will be the second former Mustang to play in the Senior Bowl. Current New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden did so three years ago.

Players will report to the Senior Bowl this weekend for physicals and NFL testing, along with meetings with their pro head coaches for the North and South teams on Sunday and weigh-ins set for Monday. Practices, which will be from Monday through Friday, attract 800 managers, coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams.

For Jackson, the event is just another recognition in an offseason full of them. He was named to the Associated Press FCS All-American third team in December. And last week, he was also selected as a third-team member to the Beyond Sports Network FCS All-American team.

In his senior season at Cal Poly, he had 54 tackles with two interceptions — both of which he returned for touchdowns — and seven pass breakups.

The game is Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and will be aired on NFL Network.