Sunderland invited to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Published 6:15 pm Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Troy cornerback Will Sunderland has accepted an invitation to play in the ninth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 18. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl attracts more than 200 NFL scouts, general managers and head coaches representing all 32 NFL teams.

Sunderland, an Oklahoma native, intercepted four passes during his senior season with the Trojans, including two in Troy’s victory over South Alabama, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Industry leader Pro Football Focus (PFF) rated Sunderland as Troy’s top coverage player in the secondary and opponents were successful on just 68.3 percent of targets against him. PFF also placed Sunderland as the ninth best overall cornerback and the 14th best cover cornerback among players in Group of Five conferences.

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Sunderland turned in his best game of the year against one of the top passing teams in the country with an interception, two pass break ups and five tackles against Arkansas State. He added another pick in Troy’s win at Texas State.

Former NFL head coaches Marvin Lewis and Hue Jackson will serve as the head coaches for the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl that features a week’s worth of practices, scout interviews with all 32 NFL teams and professional development workshops with current and former NFL players.

The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network and last year’s game produced 42 players who appeared on opening day NFL rosters