Dec. 20, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – University of Connecticut football seniors Dwayne Gratz (Piscataway, N.J.), Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Edinboro, Pa.) and Trevardo Williams (Bridgeport, Conn.) have accepted invitations to play in the Senior Bowl on January 26 in Mobile, Ala.
The three Huskies represent Connecticut a year after Kendall Reyes participated in the Senior Bowl and went on to become a second round pick in the NFL Draft.
Gratz and Wreh-Wilson, both redshirt-senior cornerbacks, were the backbone of the UConn secondary for the better part of the last four seasons. Both were second team All-BIG EAST selections this season, Gratz for a second time. He started 41 career games, while Wreh-Wilson started 39. In his final season, Gratz led Connecticut with three interceptions and finished with eight in his career, highlighted by a 46-yard pick returned for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
Wreh-Wilson picked off one pass in his final season and it came in the third overtime against No. 18 Louisville to set up UConn’s game-winning field goal. He too collected eight career interceptions, totaling 171 return yards and ran back a pair for scores in 2010.
A first team All-BIG EAST selection this season and a second team pick a year ago, Williams entered the season on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy. He totaled a team-high 11.5 sacks and led the league with 0.96 per game. Williams finished his four year career at Connecticut as the all-time leader in sacks with 30.5.
The Senior Bowl will take place at Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 3:00 pm CT and will be televised live by the NFL Network.
For more information visit the Senior Bowl's official website HERE.